Work is well under way on creating one of several new hotels in Newcastle, a modern “luxury budget” offering from German operator Motel One.
And while workmen toil to create a modern future for the High Bridge building, a selection of photos taken by developer Kier Property has given us a glimpse at its majestic past.
Munich-based Motel One agreed a long lease deal with landlord the Lugano Group back in 2012.
Following that deal, the Journal revealed last June how the property owners announced the completion of the deal to sell the building, therefore kickstarting construction work on the 222-bed boutique hotel for the German operator.
The property was sold to Kier Property Developments who began work within weeks, creating around 100 jobs through construction plans.
The “luxury boutique” hotel will retain the existing, imposing street frontage and create a new block behind, in Half Moon Court.
Now making good progress, developer Kier Property has released a number of interior photographs of the scheme.
The images highlight elements of the building’s historic features, which will be retained and showcased once the hotel opens in winter 2015.
Mark Casey, project manager for Kier Property, said: “The building is in very good condition considering its age and history.
“During the archaeological investigation we discovered many of the bulk samples contained evidence of domestic and small scale industrial and mediaeval activity.
“I’d like to thank our Highbridge business neighbours, who are continuing to be very supportive throughout the development process, and helping us turn this piece of derelict land into an exciting new key feature for the city.
“We are now looking forward to seeing the steelwork come out of the ground.”
Construction work is being carried out on site by Hebburn-based Kier Construction.