GATESHEAD-based contractor Tolent is underway with the first phase of works on the £50m Brett Wharf development.

The prominent site on Gateshead’s quayside will create 269 one and two-bed apartments which will be for rent, as well as commercial space, flexible offices, coffee shops and restaurants.

Specialist remediation works began at the start of November to clean up the former oil storage depot site, which is expected to continue until spring 2022.

Following these works, Tolent will then begin the main construction work on behalf of client Edmond de Rothschild Real Estate Investment Management (REIM).

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This scheme also marks the latest collaboration between Tolent and Newcastle-based DPP Planning.

Having secured planning permission for the original development, DPP has been retained by REIM and Tolent to manage post-decision planning requirements, which includes the details on managing the groundworks and areas such as decisions over the final materials and signage.

Brett Wharf follows other successful collaborations between DPP Planning and Tolent in recent years, which includes Milburngate on Durham’s Riverside, Newcastle’s tallest building, Hadrian’s Tower and Berwick Leisure Centre.

Steve Church, contracts manager for Tolent, said: “This is a hugely significant project for the city and we’re delighted to be a part of the ongoing regeneration of Gateshead’s quayside.

“With a wealth of experience in the residential sector across the North East, including projects like Hadrian’s Tower in Newcastle and the mixed-use, £85m Milburngate development in Durham, this will be another fantastic project we can proudly put out name to.

“We’re also pleased to again be working with DPP on another landmark North East project continuing the excellent relationship our two businesses have.”

Jo Robison, director at DPP, said: “Brett Wharf is another important part of the regeneration of the banks of the Tyne, which will create high quality homes in Gateshead.

"Collaborating with Tolent has always been a positive experience and we are keen to continue our successful partnership with the delivery of Brett Wharf.”

Tolent started out in 1983 as a small business, and has grown into one of the North East’s biggest construction companies, with regional bases across the North East and Yorkshire delivering projects from £5,000 to £90 million, with over 70% of turnover secured through repeat business.

In October CEO Andy McLeod said he was leaving as its latest results show losses of £8.3m despite a record turnover. He was replaced by former COO Paul Webster.


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