Property developers Adderstone Group have secured planning permission to build a new phase of premium office space in Gateshead.
Planners have green lit the second phase of the prominent scheme at Saltwell Business Park, on the site of the former Joicey Road School, which includes approval for four two-storey office buildings within the grounds, providing up to 12,000 sq ft of high quality office or studio accommodation and associated parking.
The next stage of activity follows initial action in 2009, when a comprehensive redevelopment of the former school site took place, including the refurbishment of the dilapidated Grade II listed buildings and conversion to office space.
Phase I comprised a purpose-built children’s nursery for Kids 1st and office space for firms including JC Consulting and Advanced Cutting Tools, and Adderstone Group is confident that market demand will be high for further space, with the firm pushing the development’s easy access to the A1, rail links and local Metro networks.
The development is aimed towards small and medium sized businesses with each of the four units designed with flexibility in mind and interested parties will have the opportunity to take differing amounts of space depending upon their requirements.
Computer generated proposals for the development include striking artist’s impressions of the building, created by Miller Partnership Architects based in Ouseburn, Newcastle.
The proposed development will be accessible by a range of means of transport and Adderstone Group is keen to secure an end user to work with on the development.
Adderstone Group chief executive officer, Ian Baggett said: “We’re keen to press ahead with Phase II of this development, especially after the strong success of the initial phase of works, so we’re keen to partner up with SMEs who are looking to establish themselves in this area for the long term and who will add value to the locality through employment and investment.”