– 30 May 2016 –

Family-run restaurant Handmade Burger Co has confirmed it will be opening a new restaurant in Durham at The Riverwalk (formerly The Gates). The growing chain will begin trading at the redeveloped centre, which is owned by a fund managed by Clearbell Capital, on completion in Summer 2018. The news follows the announcement in March that ODEON Cinemas “Odeon” will be opening a six-screen cinema at The Riverwalk.

The popular burger company is known for using only the freshest and finest ingredients and makes more than 40 varieties of burgers from scratch in each of its restaurant every day. The Riverwalk restaurant will be its fourth in the North East – it currently has restaurants in the Metrocentre, Gateshead and The Gate in Newcastle, and is set to open a further Newcastle restaurant later this year at intu Eldon Square.

Working alongside the development team, The Other Retail Group is providing asset management and development advice for The Riverwalk. The shopping centre will include a variety of restaurants, 23 refurbished shops and improved entrances and public realm areas, helping to enhance the area’s amenities both during the day and at night-time. As part of the development, 253 student rooms will also be built.

Christopher Sargeant, founder and owner at Handmade Burger Co, said: “We are really excited to be opening in such a great location such as Durham. Our success is driven by a passion for fresh, natural and handmade food as well as genuine hospitality. We have had many requests to come to Durham and we are looking forward to bringing over 40 different handmade burgers, made from scratch in the restaurant every single day to Durham’s The Riverwalk.”

Nick Berry, Partner at Clearbell Capital added: “Handmade Burger Co is a popular restaurant that will cater for the needs of local people by offering high-quality food and great customer service and hospitality. We are delighted to welcome the company to The Riverwalk and look forward to continuing to cultivate Durham’s night-time economy with further lettings announcements over the coming months.

Since opening its first family-run restaurant in 2006 at Brindleyplace in Birmingham, the burger chain has continued to grow and now has 25 restaurants across the UK with plans to open more in 2017 and 2018.

Shoppers are still able to access designated areas of The Riverwalk while construction takes place.

Cushman & Wakefield is the agent for The Riverwalk. Burley Browne acted for Handmade Burger Co.

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For further information, contact:

Sarah Walker
Redwood Consulting
0207 828 5553

About The Riverwalk
The £30m redevelopment of The Riverwalk includes 35,000 sq ft of new restaurants, 23 refurbished retail units, 253 student accommodation rooms, and a six-screen Odeon cinema.

The enhanced shopping centre will improve access to the city centre by linking all retail and leisure offerings at the scheme and creating a synergy with the shopping streets around the World Heritage Site, the Market Square, and Freeman’s Quay.

The scheme will also support Durham’s economy and employment. A projected 195 construction jobs will be created throughout the construction period, as well as a further 120 jobs on completion. These jobs will be created through new retailers, restaurants and leisure providers opening at The Riverwalk.

For further information please visit http://www.theriverwalk.co.uk/

About Clearbell Capital LLP

Clearbell Capital LLP is an independently-owned private equity real estate fund management and advisory business specialising in UK property investment, development and asset management. The firm is led by experienced real estate investment professionals with long established UK market expertise spanning multiple cycles and across various property types. The five-strong partnership comprises Manish Chande, Nick Berry, Sally Doyle-Linden, Rob Mills and Rob West.

Clearbell has capital from investors around the world including pension funds, fund of funds and high net worth investors.

Clearbell seeks to identify undervalued opportunities across a number of property sectors in the UK and to maximise returns by applying its investment and asset management expertise.

For further information please go to www.clearbell.com

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