Esh wins nuclear build

Esh has won a £5.5m contract to design and build a new construction skills centre at Lakes College in West Cumbria. Site work should start in early spring, with construction taking 48 weeks. The centre will take on around 280 trainees a year for the nuclear sector facing skills shortages now as older workers retire.

Esh has won a £5.5m contract to design and build a new construction skills centre at Lakes College in West Cumbria.

Site work should start in early spring, with construction taking 48 weeks. The centre will take on around 280 trainees a year for the nuclear sector facing skills shortages now as older workers retire.

Esh recently reported revenues up by 25%, partly with work wins beyond the North East.

But the Bowburn, Durham, group has also opened the year working on the first of 541 affordable homes in the North East and Cumbria at Government behest.

This is the first of £61m worth of contracts. The initial contract, the first of its kind signed nationally, represents almost 6% of all funding allocated to the North.

Esh secured a grant of £10.4m from the Homes and Communities Agency under the Government’s Affordable Homes Programme to increase supply of new affordable homes in England up to 2015.

Of the 541 builds, 164 are in Cumbria, and 377 in Northumberland, Teesside and Durham. Most will be for “affordable” rental, but some will be for “affordable” ownership, supported housing and social rent.