RICS Awards – 2018 Project of the Year (North East)

We’re delighted to announce the RICS Project of the Year 2018, North East — the Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) plant in Darlington

Over 55 of the North East’s most impressive and community beneficial property schemes battled it out for top honours at the annual RICS Awards, North East.

The highly acclaimed ‘Project of the Year’ title is presented to the scheme which demonstrates overall outstanding best practice and an exemplary commitment to adding value to its local area.  Not only does the Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (HREL) plant facility build and deliver a new generation of high speed passenger trains, it also provides an important import and export facility and has helped return train manufacturing back to the North East.

RICS judges praised the project team, describing it as an outstanding and remarkable facility that is acting as a catalyst for further regeneration in the area bringing much needed employment opportunities to the area, creating over 1,200 directly employed by HREL, whilst a further 8,000 further jobs have been created within the supply chain.

Michael Eyres Partnership LLP was employed by Merchant Place Developments and assumed full responsibility for delivery of the scheme as Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyor and Principal Designer.

Such has been the success of the facility for Hitachi we are pleased to confirm that our relationship continues as we are now employed directly by HREL for the Phase II stage of the development.  This comprises a further 50,000ft² production facility, 300m of internal rail and staging for the QA department plus a 30,000ft² temporary enclosure over the existing sidings.


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