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Elba Park, Durham


The award-winning Elba Park is creating a new community on a site that was in heavy industrial use for 360 years.

Elba Park, located between Sunderland and Newcastle upon Tyne, was the site of the former Lambton Cokeworks and formed part of the Homes and Community Agency’s (HCA) National Coalfield Regeneration Programme.

The reclaimed site was brought to market via a competitive tender process. The open working partnership formed with the HCA was key to our appointment as preferred developer. Other key partners include Sunderland City Council, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Land Trust, the Lambton Memorial Group and Groundwork North East.

There will be 359 David Wilson homes for sale, rent and low-cost ownership. These will be predominantly family homes to help address a shortage which has led to a drift away from the local area.

They are specifically designed for the location with a wide range of materials and technical features, and the use of low carbon technologies. The development is one of the first in the North East to reach Level Four of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Construction works commenced on site in the summer of 2010 and has an anticipated build programme of ten years. Sales launched in 2011 and more than 140 homes have been sold to date.

The development is set within the new Lambton Country Park, which included the planting of 77,000 trees and creation of 3,700 metres of footpaths and cycleways.


Key Statistics

  • GDV: £78m
  • Total units: 359
  • Private ASP: £245k
  • Affordable content: 4%
  • Land source: HCA
  • Sales launch: February 2011
  • Development completed: July 2020


  • Great Places – Silver Award
  • Mark Summersgill – Site manager July 2010 – July 2013
    NHBC Pride in the job – x2
    NHBC Seal of excellence – x2
    NHBC Northern regional winner – x2
    NHBC National runner up 2013
  • Graham Simpson – Site manager July 2013 - present
    NHBC Pride in the job x1
    Considerate constructor – x1