Dean Cook, Brenda McLeish, Allan Cook and Terry Collins.
Rebecca Wayman

Latest phase in DurhamGate development successfully let to training provider

Arlington Real Estate’s latest phase of high-specification office development at DurhamGate has been fully-let due to Learning Curve Group increasing its space requirements.

Having originally planned to occupy 16,000 sq ft of space including a signature headquarters building, the continued growth of training and recruitment providers has led to Learning Curve increasing its requirement to 22,000 sq ft.

As a result, the organisation will now occupy the neighbouring office buildings meaning this current phase of office development is now fully let.

Currently employing more than 450 staff and 500 associates across the UK, Learning Curve Group works with 4,500 businesses a year delivering a range of fully-funded training and apprenticeship schemes.

The organisation is now in the process of preparing to transfer existing staff from its current office at South Church Enterprise Park, Bishop Auckland, to its new campus at DurhamGate near Spennymoor, County Durham.

Learning Curve Group’s new offices form part of a growing business community at DurhamGate that includes Thorn Lighting, Livin Housing and Stanley Black and Decker.

The buildings set across two floors, offer contemporary Grade A workspace with amazing views over the Durham Dales, together with excellent transport links for both staff and visitors.

Delivered to a specification set by Learning Curve Group and its advisers Knight Frank working closely with Arlington, they reflect the high-quality design standards already seen at DurhamGate.

Arlington Real Estate is currently planning its next phase of development at DurhamGate with a detailed planning application expected to be submitted in early 2019.

Brenda McLeish, CEO of Learning Curve Group, concluded: “The official handover of our new headquarters not only marks the end of the construction phase, but signals a whole new beginning for our organisation in terms of future growth and success.”

“The business has grown significantly in the past 18 months and with this expansion it became evident that the additional capacity we were creating with the new building would quickly be filled.

“We look forward to moving to DurhamGate; it is the perfect home for Learning Curve Group and provides an excellent environment and location for our staff.”

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