Sir Charles Parsons Swimming Pool, Walker Newcastle upon Tyne

Client: Newcastle City Council Project Value: £1,380,000.00 Contract Duration: August 2005 – July 2006

We carried out this new build project within the grounds of Sir Charles Parsons School, Westbourne Avenue in Walker; a secondary school  catering for students with significant learning difficulties which  includes students with physical disabilities. The project entailed the construction of new swimming and hydrotherapy pool for both pupils of the secondary school and for the local community.


The works required the demolition of the existing pool which was attached to the existing school building and the installation of the new pool using reinforced concrete construction to a new layout plan. A double height, timber clad, steel framed building was erected with curtain walling and a Sarna roof. We installed all the pool equipment including water treatment and pumping systems contained within a purpose made plant room. The changing areas were completed to a high quality finish with extensive tiling to all wet areas. Careful management of all of the various specialist subcontractors was required to ensure that mechanical and electrical installations were completed on time and within budget on a live school site.


Heaton Baptist Church, Heaton Road, Newcastle upon Tyne


Client: Heaton Baptist Church Project Value: £1,168,152.69 Contract Duration June 2008 – February 2009

 This project required the demolition of the existing two storey community centre which was attached to the Edwardian Baptist Church and had outgrown its use. The second phase was the construction of a new three storey steel framed building providing office space, toilets, and much needed community group space over two floors.  The biggest challenge we faced was working on a very tight urban site with busy public roads to the full perimeter of the new extension and existing church. Control of all construction activities was crucial along with sensitive liaison with neighbours. Storage of materials and restrictions of vehicle movements made the project particularly challenging.  We constructed a new entrance door complete with glazed canopy and installed curtain walling and windows which were part of the new design along with a traditional slate roof in keeping with the original church.  A new  lift was installed to provide greater inclusive accessibility along with pre-cast ¼ landing stairs and insitu concrete floors.   We carried out all the total  internal fit-out and redecoration to the existing church building as well as the new including polished timber floors, floor finishes to the service areas, suspended ceilings and all the mechanical and electrical installations..

Cragside Court, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead


Client: Queen El Project Value: £856,000.00 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital [the QE] was opened in 1948 and is located in Sheriff Hill in Gateshead. One of the first created within the UK, Gateshead NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2005 and Cragside Court, an in-patient assessment and challenging behavioural unit, is situated within the grounds of the QE Hospital. It is part of the Older Person’s Directorate.


Our contract was to carry out the total remodeling and refurbishment of the self-contained building including the provision of new heating [including high performance boilers] and lighting systems, the construction of a new plant room and installation of a new gas main; and alterations to the existing drainage below and above ground. The buildings suspended ceilings were replaced and we installed new door-sets throughout. The construction of new toilet areas with ensuite bathrooms and shower rooms completed the major internal works.


We also provided all of the floor finishes, window treatments including blinds, decorated throughout the building and formed new landscaped areas for patient use within the existing courtyard. All of our work required clinical control as we were working within a fully operational hospital environment with staff, visitors and vulnerable patients to consider at all times. The project was completed on time and budget to the total satisfaction of the Foundation Trust.


Crematorium , West Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne.


Client: Technical Services Department, Environment and Regeneration Directorate Newcastle City Council

Project Value: £2,053,334.00 Contract Duration June 2010 – February 2011


This project consisted of a new extension and the remodelling and refurbishment of the existing West Road Crematorium to accommodate the installation of four new cremators and mercury abatement equipment. The works were programmed so that only two of the existing four cremators were switched off and decommissioned at any one time meaning that the crematorium remained operational whilst our work proceeded on site. A large stone extension was built to the Cremation Hall to accommodate the new equipment, designed to complement the randomly laid stonework of the original building, which was opened in 1934.

Integrating new technologies within the old building was a key part in the project but the biggest challenge was working within normal working hours whilst funeral services and burials continued “as normal” which required great sensitivity by our site staff and subcontractors along with clear communication and pre-planning to ensure that maximum dignity was preserved at all times. The cremator installation was carried out by a specialist German subcontractor within the steel framed building we erected which supported an in-situ concrete roof. Structural alterations were also carried out to the existing gable wall by inserting new supporting beams and a control room constructed with IT systems linking the cremators. In addition we refurbished the existing chapels, installing new steel tracery windows, internal partitions, tiled floors, new mechanical and electrical systems and new toilet facilities. We also installed a coffin refrigerator which was a new facility for the West Road Crematorium. .

Caravan Club – Barnard Castle


Caravan Clubhouse Barnard Castle County Durham

 Client: The Caravan Club: Value: £771,000.00:Contract Duration: 24 weeks

This project involved the creation of new facilities for The Caravan Club on their Littlehampton site in Teesdale, 10 minutes walk away from Barnard Castle, in the heart of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We provided reception block, toilet and shower blocks and carried out all associated site services on the 76 pitch site which covers over 8 acres.

The new site opened in August 2010 and our work was part a total £1.5m investment by the Caravan Club.The timber framed buildings provide top-class washroom and laundry facilities for Club members and included sustainable energy-saving features which are also used elsewhere on the Caravan Club site network, including ground source heat exchangers, underfloor heating, rainwater harvesting systems and solar water heating.

Extensive landscaping was carried out as a pre-requisite of planning consent to minimise the visual impact of the site on the surrounding countryside and locally sourced random rubble coursed stone was used with cedar cladding to external walls..

16 South Bailey – St John’s College, Durham


Client: St John’s College   Project Value: £291,581 Contract Duration:  February 2013. – May 2013

 The project involved the  refurbishment and alteration of  a large Grade II listed building formerly used as a private dwelling to form staff offices for St John’s College, one of only two “recognised” colleges financially and constitutionally independent of Durham University. The building is in South Bailey on the peninsular alongside the Cathedral and Castle which is a World Heritage Site. Listed Building Consent was granted for the planned alterations and our staff worked closely with the archaeological specialists Archeo-Environmental to implement the monitoring and recording procedures required.  Once on site it became apparent that the rendered stone façade was in a much worse state than anticipated. This resulted in a large proportion of the render being removed and the use of a bespoke, approved product Harling Render applied in agreement with Durham County Council planning department by a specialist rendering contractor with suitable experience of heritage works. We carried out major structural alteration including floor strengthening, damp proofing and timber treatment along with renewal and replacement of sash window, re-placement of the slate and lead roofs and a full M & E overhaul


MET Unit Cockle Park Farm, Ulgham, Morpeth, Northumberland


Client:  Newcastle University   Project Value: £816, 257.07 Contract Duration:  October 2013 – February 2014

Cockle Park is a 262 hectare mixed farm situated about 18 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and is owned by Newcastle University and it is let out to their School of Agriculture as a tenant farming unit. It has been part of the facilities of the University since 1896 and was one of the first experimental farms to be established in the country. The farm is home to the world’s oldest continuous grazing and hay cutting experiment on the Palace Leas Meadow. The original farm buildings include Cockle Park Tower which is a scheduled ancient monument and was immediately adjacent to our works  Secured through competitive tender, the project entailed the total refurbishment of an existing dilapidated stone building on this working farm to create new laboratory areas and seminar rooms. The work carried out included; the strip out and renewal of a bespoke M & E installation, sympathetic re-pointing to the stonework, reconfiguration of internal walls and structures, insulation of floors and walls, structural steelwork to support a new slate roof, design and construction of a steel mezzanine floor to create a split level teaching environment, installation of laboratory benching systems for teaching teams..

Hodgkin, Gurney and Fife Houses, Student Accommodation, Windsor Terrace, Newcastle


Client; Newcastle University Project Value: £1,114,214.36 Contract Duration: June 2012 – September 2012

 This project involved the refurbishment and upgrading of forty, six-bed student flats within Newcastle University’s Student Accommodation portfolio for the Estates Services Department. They are within close proximity to the University Library and the University campus and is a popular choice for many of their students as it is only a five-minute walk from the city’s shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. The accommodation provides shared kitchen/lounge in six-bedroom flats with entry phone systems and all kitchen/lounges were to be upgraded to suit modern student requirements. Our package included complete new gas central heating systems, which required the installation of new gas mains to all three buildings, the replacement of all sanitaryware and the provision of new floor finishes to all areas including the 10 storey staircases which also were upgraded and corridor lighting improved. Also within our scope of works were the removal of all the existing kitchens and the reconfiguring of the layouts to take 40 new communal kitchens and complete redecoration to all areas..

Bar One-Habita – Northumbria University

Client: Northumbria University Project Value: £1,360,000  Contract Duration: March 2008 – September 2008

 This project entailed the complex upgrading and refurbishment of existing facilities within Northumbria University’s Student Union Building

which remained open for use whilst our construction work was carried out. We had also had to be constantly aware of the requirements

of other main contractors on campus as major construction works were being carried out simultaneously, adjacent to our site.

To ensure that the programme of events and the function of the Students Union continued unaffected, temporary works were carried out to allow use of the concert facilities during our contract period. This included the provision of  adequate fire escape routes through the site whilst maintaining the security of our working areas. The PFB project team worked very closely with the structural engineers to ensure that refurbishment works, and in particular the construction of the new list shaft, did not affect the integrity or stability of the building during the process. We built up a great rapport with University Estates staff during the project duration as we had to interface with all of the various departments involved as work progressed. Work also included; internal demolition and strip out, creation of new back of house facilities and bar cellar area, new toilet facilities, installation of IT systems and the upgrading of access to bars and concert spaces..

Nexus House, St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne

Client: Nexus Limited Project Value: £460, 786.00 Completion Date: February 2012 [16 weeks]



Nexus House had to remain fully operational throughout our refurbishment programme of works, and this coupled

with the building’s location in a highly trafficked part of the centre of Newcastle, required continuous liaison with

the Contract Administrator, staff representatives and adjoining neighbours.  This factor was paramount to the success

of the project and the smooth operation and phasing of the works ensured hand over within programme and with

minimum disruption. The ground floor works included the remodelling formation of a new 50 person Call Centre,

the creation of a reception and waiting area, a One Stop Shop, security office, toilets, showers and a Delicatessen. We

also formed a new glazed entrance with automatic doors and replaced all ground floor windows with new curtain

walling and stall risers. Problems overcome within the project included the discovery of un-mapped fibre optic cables

within the ground floor, coupling the main server to all Metro Stations, together with the relocation of a previously

unknown  distribution board feeding half of Nexus House. We also refurbished part of the 4th Floor and all fully occupied

core areas..

Northumberland Golf Club


Northumberland Golf Club, Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

Client: Northumberland Golf Club Project Value: £594,000.00:Contract Duration: 20 weeks

The Northumberland Golf Club was formed in 1898 and is one of the oldest in the North East. It was created on land leased from High Gosforth Park which is now on the border of the City of Newcastle and the Metropolitan Borough of North Tyneside but at the time firmly within the County of Northumberland.

The present clubhouse is just over 100 years old, built in 1913, and sits in woodland with a stunning view out over the race course and the rest of High Gosforth Park once home to the Brandling family. Our work involved substantial alterations and extensions to upgrade and modernise the facilities of the clubhouse and included a new secretary’s office, a viewing area to the lounge and the refurbishment of changing areas, showers and locker rooms. All of the work had to be carried out whilst maintaining full facilities for the club members and without affecting the day-to-day operations of the golf club.

The single storey extensions were designed to complement the existing structure whilst providing modern facilities and our work required the careful demolition of existing lounge frontage, installation of structural steel work and the construction of new glazed frontage to provide the exciting new viewing area. By extending the lounge a terrace was created which overlooks the 18th green..

Ward 29 Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne

Client: The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust   Project Value: £816, 257.07 Contract Duration:  June 2013 – October 2013

 The Freeman Hospital is an 800 bed referral centre in High Heaton which delivers a wide range of advanced, patient focused healthcare for Newcastle, the North East and beyond. Managed by the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it is also a teaching hospital for Newcastle University. We were selected based upon our reputation and positive approach to the problems this challenging project presented which included  the demolition and total refurbishment of Ward 29 which involved overcoming difficult  access arrangements within the very busy hospital environment to install a new steel frame supported roof top plant room for mechanical and electrical equipment. The refurbishment of Ward 29 included strip out works and renewal of all surface finishes, full replacement window programme, full electrical and mechanical services and final decoration, refurbishment and reconfiguration of the original ward layout. The Hospital remained operational throughout the entire contract period and great care was taken to ensure that its day to day running remained unaffected by the works.  We also manufacturered and supplied all the bespoke joinery items and the reception station at our own joinery and carpentry works in North Tyneside .

North Tyneside General Hospital – Lung Function and Clinical Research Outpatients.

Rake Lane Hospital, North Shields


Client: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust   Project Value: £202,000.00 Contract Duration:  January 2013 – May 2013


This scheme required a great deal of pre-planning to execute the partial refurbishment works with minimal disruption to the Client and hospital users.  On adjacent sides of our construction area we had very busy surgeries and outpatient clinics and each had management teams with differing views and opinions on programme and precedence. Working co-operatively within a fully operational major urban hospital with competing stakeholder priorities required clear and concise communication with all parties’ and was key to the overall success of the project.

We had to maintain all “building life services” during our construction activities and ensure that our work was carried out as “clinically “ cleanly as possible especially when handling waste materials through the hospital. Work included re-configuring non-load bearing walls, stripping out and replacement of ceilings and floor coverings, replacement doors, M & E and IT/AV service installations, and final decoration..

Northumbrian Water – Refurbishment Scientific Laboratories.

Northumberland Dock Road, Howdon, North Tyneside


Client: Northumbrian Water Scientific Services Project Value: £2,272,743 Contract Duration: October 2011 – March 2012


We competitively tendered and carried out the extension which involved the remodeling and refurbishment of the Northumbrian Water Scientific Services [NWSS] Building in Howdon, North Tyneside. NWSS is one of the UK’s leading environmental service providers and our works were programmed to allow their operations and experiments to continue throughout the construction phase. The building is “home” to over 100 staff at any one time and clear segregation of our operations from operational areas was critical to the projects successful outcome along with careful phasing to ensure that NWSS business processes and procedures could continue day-to-day with minimal disruption.

This included retention of the existing fire detection and alarm installations to operational parts of the building during the works. The sensitive nature of the clients  environmental work meant that stringent measures had to be taken to minimise the  impact of our construction activities which included the installation of; temporary works, intelligent lighting systems, IT services, air handling units, VRF pumped heating and cooling systems, fire and security alarms, PA systems, fume cupboards, modifications to incoming services and laboratory equipment.




Newcastle High School – refurbishment of Marita Hall



Client: City The Girls Day School Trust Project Value: £ 182,655.50 Contract Duration: June 2014 – August 2014

Marita Hall is a stand-alone building located within the grounds of Sandyford Park in Jesmond; it stands adjacent to Chapman House which since 2012 has been the location of the Junior School of Newcastle High School for Girls,formerly the junior school of Central Newcastle High School with whom they recentlymerged. Grade II Chapman House was originally designed by John Dobson for Captain John Dutton in 1817 and called Villa Reale, it was later owned by Dr Charles Gibb, [imortalised by George Ridley in The Blaydon Races] who renamed it Sandyford Park, Marita Hall was probably constructed about the same time.

The work to Marita Hall was extensive and because of its disruptive nature had to be carried out during the summer break which meant that we had a deadline to meet to ensure that we completed the works before the new term began.  This involved the underpinning of the brickwork to the South elevation and the removal of internal partition walls as well as the removal of the existing concrete floor and the casting an insulated new floor slab. A specialist sub-contractor was then employed to lay a new sprung timber dance floor.

A redundant chimney breast was removed and steel beams inserted to support the internal wall structure. A purpose built roof light was commissioned and installed while roof repairs were carried out along with the replacement of rainwater goods. New arched windows and doors were installed, walls and ceilings re-plaster-boarded and new toilet areas create, after which a total re-decoration completed the works. .

Armstrong Building, Regeneration Works Phase III, City Centre Campus, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne



Client: Newcastle University Project Value: £865,759.00 Contract Duration:  January 2014 – May 2014

 PF Burridge has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Newcastle University carrying out numerous projects within the City Centre Campus over many years. The result of a competitive tender, this contract involved internal refurbishments to the second floor to provide high quality learning and office space within the Grade II listed Armstrong Building. Completed in 1889, and named after its benefactor Lord Armstrong, the building is visually striking externally but required substantial internal alterations to suit the 21st century needs of the University students and staff.   

 Our works included the installation of new partitions and linings to the revised internal layout designed to improve the acoustic performance of the rooms, re-plastering of existing walls and the creation of a new toilet block with all associated drainage works. Replacement and modification to the existing building services included forming a new stair to access a lower level.

 We carried out the design and installation of a new clerestory glazing system and high level glazing to corridors along with associated structural improvement works and removed existing modern rooflights which were replaced with a new heritage style more in keeping with the age of the building. We also removed decades of paint from existing oak roof trusses and glazed wall tiles under the watchful guidance of the Listed Buildings Officer to bring the interior back to its original splendour.

 New fitted bookcases and furniture were designed and manufactured by a specialist sub-contractor and we were able to use our own in-house workshop facility to re-create and produce bespoke joinery items to match originals which ensured a quality finish was achieved throughout to the delight of our client.


Central Hall Masonry Repairs, Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland


Client: The National Trust Project Value: £454,277.47 Contract Duration:  February 2014 – September 2014

 After successfully carrying out substantial repairs to  the east wing roof of Grade 1 listed Seaton Delaval Hall, we were asked by the National Trust to competitively tender for work to the central part of the building which was designed in 1718 by Sir John Vanburgh for Admiral George Delaval. The central block of the Hall was destroyed by a mysterious fire in 1822 which completely gutted the structure. Lord Hastings, who had inherited the Hall, erected the present roof in 1860 and replaced the missing windows. It had been left more or less in this almost semi ruinous condition until the present day when the National Trust purchased the Hall, with much local support, and embarked on a series of substantial repairs. This work was undertaken as part of the SITA funded “Save the Hall” project.

 There was a requirement by the National Trust that the work had to be “sympathetic to the property operation” and that visitors to the Hall were able to see the restoration work being carried out. This required close co-operation with all parties to ensure the appropriate segregation of our construction activities and the maintainace of health and safety procedures at all times whilst allowing our on-going restoration work to be clearly viewed. Debris netting was incorporated within the specialised scaffolding system to prevent the possibility of any falling masonry and the work was completed without any incidents. The Central Hall also houses a number of original stone statues which survived the fire and will eventually be restored. We manufactured bespoke timber frames with perspex infills so they remained on view as the Hall remained open to the public as our work progressed.

 A full scaffold shrouded the entire front of the Hall as work proceeded simultaneously on four elevations and the roof with repointing and replacement of defective stonework and lead work where required. We also carried out remedial work to the chimneys and fitted new external screens and new timber windows. Cast iron rainwater goods were added along with a new lightning protection system. Internally repairs were made to the existing timber lath and plaster soffits.

 The project was a complete success and the National Trust Project Director and SITA, their funding partner, were “impressed by the way the project ran to schedule and delivered what was required”. We have been subsequently thanked by the Trust’s Operations Manager and Site Lead, Justine James and congratulated on “a job well done”


East Wing Roof Replacement, Seaton Delaval Hall, Seaton Sluice, Northumberland


Client: The National Trust Project Value: £605,644.86 Contract Duration:  November 2012 – May 2013

 This project involved the removal and replacement of the existing east wing roof of Grade 1 listed Seaton Delaval Hall, designed by Sir John Vanburgh and completed in 1728 by the then owner, Francis Blake Delaval. The architectural importance of the building, one of the architect’s greatest surviving works, required a very dedicated on-site team and a highly professional approach. Working closely with our client the National Trust, our site team [which included a specialist stonemason sub-contractor], successfully delivered the project on time and to programme.

 To protect the building’s interior and to allow work to continue through the winter months, we erected a bespoke fully enclosed scaffold and canopy which covered the entire roof structure giving us the ability to remove the damaged roof structure and repoint and replace defective and weathered stonework. Our work to the roof was closely monitored by the Trust’s Operations Manager and careful resin repairs to the existing damaged roof timbers were undertaken wherever possible, retaining as much of the original fabric as possible. However time and the vagaries of the north east weather meant that rotten joists trusses and purlins had to be replaced with new and the whole structure was treated with an approved preservative on completion.  

 A new stainless steel and lead roof finish, replacement of all existing rainwater goods with cast iron, repointing and replacement of spalled masonry completed the external works along with repairs to the timber windows. Internal repairs were carried out to the existing lath and plaster ceilings and external soffits.

 The work was completed to the entire satisfaction of the National Trust team and PF Burridge  were extremely pleased to have worked on such a prestigious Nationally important heritage asset which is also a very much loved local landmark building.


Marjorie Robinson Library – Newcastle University

Marjorie Robinson Library:

Refurbishment and alteration to the Marjorie Robinson Library
The works consisted of the removal of internal stud partitions and glazed screens, suspended ceiling, floor coverings, doors/frames and existing mechanical and electrical services. A new section of raised floor was installed including new partition walls and ceiling; new mechanical and electrical services were installed throughout the ground floor.

The works included for new panelling to the walls and new doors and frames, plush seating booths were included as well as other second fix joinery elements.

A new reception counter was installed with a barrier style system.

Works to the basement and 1st to 4th floors have received a new fire alarm system and emergency lighting within the project time scale.

Herschel Building 3rd Floor – Newcastle University

Herschel Building
Total refurbishment of 3rd floor to form 2 no. large teaching labs, 2 no. tutorial rooms, staff room, prep room, IT Hub, reception and toilets.

Works included:-
• New partitions
• New suspended ceiling throughout
• New floor finishes throughout
• Supply and installation of new ash doorsets
• Supply and installation of new sliding folding doors within lab area
• Supply and installation of secondary glazing throughout
• Supply and installation of Trespa laboratory benches
• New electrical and mechanical installation
• Plastering all walls and redecoration