Category Archives: News

February 27, 2018

International design practice Ryder Architecture have three projects shortlisted in the prestigious 2018 RICS north east awards.

The awards recognise and reward the best projects from various regions around the UK in eight categories.

The commercial category sees two Ryder projects shortlisted, the Darlington based Hitachi Rail Europe and Strawberry Place, located near St James’ Park. Hitachi Rail Europe, the biggest investment that the region has seen since Nissan, is…

January 16, 2018

“Following historical low levels of large industrial deals in 2017, we are optimistic that pent up demand will generate new deals at Merchant Park in the coming year.” Nick Atkinson at HTA

July 26, 2017

The Park and its beautiful setting at Newton Aycliffe with its Lake and footpaths interwinding between the Hitachi Rail Facility and its remaining Sites was in its glory on this Summer day .

Photographed July 2017 by Philip Hunton Photograph.


March 05, 2017
March 05, 2017

Watch out for our  Newsletter Launch on March 17 which will keep you up to date with all events at Merchant Park .

March 05, 2017

We are pleased to announce we have commissioned Design Exchange and Newton Press to refurbish our existing site signboards to reflect the current availability of opportunities on the Park .

September 03, 2015
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“I WASN’T going to miss this for the world,” said the Prime Minister, as he welcomed train building back to the North-East.

“We have been waiting for this for five years, I have talked about it in Parliament and it is good to come here and see it in person,” he added.

Speaking to an audience of more than 600 politicians, business leaders and journalists from all around the world, David…

October 31, 2014

DEVELOPERS are closing in on a deal that will create up to 4,500 North-East jobs.

Newcastle-based Merchant Place Developments (MPD), which led the campaign to bring a 730-jobs Hitachi train factory to Newton Aycliffe, expects to announce next month that it has secured an- other massive investment for the County Durham town.

MPD owns the Merchant Park site at Aycliffe where Hitachi Rail Europe yesterday unveiled the…

July 02, 2014
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  • Comments Off on The Northern Echo – Railway Children given insight into manufacturing

SCHOOL children have been given a behind-the-scenes glimpse at two nearby factories helping to reshape the region’s future.

Thirty year 2 pupils from Heighington Primary, the nearest school to Hitachi’s £82m site on Aycliffe Business Park, have been learning about the history of trains and visited the Railway Museum in Shildon before studying modern day industry.

They were then given a tour around Newton Aycliffe firm Finley Structures, which is erecting…

May 30, 2014

AS Hitachi and Shepherd Construction mark the latest phase in the return of North-East train building, Business Editor, Andy Richardson heard from bosses about their bold ambition to make Newton Aycliffe a centre for European rail manufacture.

“AFTER all of the talk and planning this makes it real,” said Keith Jordan, the managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe yesterday, as he pointed towards the steel framework of the Japanese firm’s North-East train…

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