Arlington Real Estate has embarked on the development of another new headquarters at DurhamGate for training and recruitment provider, Learning Curve Group.
The 16,000 sq ft office is part of a £1m investment by Learning Curve Group, and the new facilities will enable the continued growth of the award-winning business, creating up to 60 new jobs.
North East contractor, Meldrum, was chosen to deliver £4m project, which will be delivered to a specification set by Learning Curve Group and their advisers Knight Frank, working closely with Arlington and BNP Paribas.
Set across two-floors, with views over open countryside to the North, the new building will provide contemporary workspace. Upon completion, Learning Curve will relocate its existing staff from offices in Bishop Auckland to DurhamGate.
Employing more than 280 staff and 500 associates across its seven centres, the Group works with 4,500 businesses a year delivering a range of training and apprenticeship schemes.
Founded in 2004, its extensive portfolio of services includes apprenticeships, distance learning qualifications, innovative online platforms and a recruitment business, which it acquired in 2015.
Learning Curve Group CEO, Brenda McLeish said: “We are really pleased our new headquarters project is underway as, once completed, it will give us a further springboard for growth and help create new employment opportunities in the business. We have worked very closely with Arlington to create the perfect environment in the right location for our staff allowing us to continue our development as a proud County Durham company.”
Allan Cook, managing director of Arlington, said: “This is an exciting time for us at DurhamGate and Learning Curve Group is a welcome addition to our growing business community.
“Securing another high quality occupier highlights again that this part of the North East has a valuable contribution to make to the region’s economy in terms of its location, infrastructure and the quality of development we can deliver at DurhamGate and we hope to be making further announcements in the near future
Dave Meldrum, managing director of Meldrum Construction Services, said: “We are thrilled to have won the contract for the DurhamGate site. The project plays to our strengths with many of the elements being designed and built by our own in-house teams. These will include steel fabrication, civils, construction and our mechanical & electrical departments.
“We are very excited about delivering this project, which adds to our growing portfolio for the regeneration of this area.”
Cllr Carl Marshall, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “It’s wonderful to see the business community at DurhamGate flourishing, and each new addition to the site is a further step towards our ambition to grow County Durham’s economy.
“We look forward to seeing the continued growth of Learning Curve Group from their new home at DurhamGate.”