Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Buliding What

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Buliding What

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Byline: By Ron Taylor

Sharpen your pencil just a wee bit and it's surprising what Santa will bring you in his little bag.

Dorin Construction may have thought that as the Kenton contractor priced its wish list of presents this Christmas. And true to his word, Santa didn't pass by the Hadrian House chimney yesterday without dropping a few sweeteners to please the palate of directors Ken Brown, David Kennerley and Richard Osborne - sweeteners worth pounds 6m, no less.

OK, they may not all be quite in the contract pot but "very hopeful" is Dorinese for "we've got `em'".

Firmly secured - and already post a pre-start meeting - is a four-storey housing development and part conversion of St Silas Church at Clifford Street, Byker.

This Byker Bridge Housing Association initiative reduces the worship area but allows two-storey office accommodation and a meeting hall to be created within the church. The housing block will comprise 19 bedsits and a warden's flat.

Gosforth architect Anthony Keith has the lead commission - Dan Cogden is alongside Mr Keith as project architect - while specialist engineering design for the pounds 1.6m scheme is provided by David Pennington Associates (structures) and J Humphrey and Partners (M&E).

On behalf of Northumbria Health Care NHS Trust, design head Mike Metcalfe has raised an order on lowest tenderer Dorin Construction for the pounds 700,000 phased alteration, double extension and car park addition to the Diabetes Resource Centre at North Tyneside General Hospital. The single-storey extensions are steel-framed with roofs part tiled pitched and part Sarnafil-covered flat.

Ian Johnston and Paul Davison from Mike Dunwoodie's architectural practice both have design involvement with structures by Sir Frederick Snow's Newcastle office and services by Jackson Coulson Partnership of Seaton Burn.

Dorin's civils team will also begin the New Year on a right note by redeveloping a gypsy caravan site in Darlington in a pounds 940,000 contract with the Borough Council. There's no shortage of cash for travellers, it would seem.

But that's small change when compared to the pounds 2. …

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