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Employment Park For Durham Could Bring 7,000 Jobs To Region

14 Nov 2010

Employment Park For Durham Could Bring 7,000 Jobs To Region Plans for a new employment park at Bowburn could create up to 7,000 jobs, many of which it is hoped will be graduate jobs in Durham.

The proposed site would be built near Junction 61 of the A1 by First Industrial Developments and will span 540 acres. The employment park would become one of the UK’s largest and would consist of a business park, hotels, offices and a rail freight interchange. There are also plans for houses to be built at the site and talks are already underway with Taylor Wimpey.

Durham County Council’s Stuart Timmiss said that the employment park was still at the discussion stage but that the council were working with the developers ‘to secure long-term sustainable jobs for Durham.’

The big universities in the north east are Durham University, Newcastle University, Northumbria University, the University of Sunderland and Teesside University. Graduates from all of these campuses would stand to benefit from any new Durham graduate jobs that the employment park would create.

Managing director of First Industrial, Matthew Byrom, said that, “With a catchment of over 2.4 million people within a 20-minute drive time, the location should appeal to occupiers seeking a quality workforce. Our aspiration is that the park will support a new generation of business that will not only re-energise the local economy, but also offer quality jobs to graduates from the region’s five major universities.”

We have a page on the site specially tailored for graduates looking for work in Durham. You can find and apply for Durham graduate vacancies in various sectors on our Graduate Jobs in Durham page.

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