First glimpse of Newcastle's new multi-million pound development

Digital photo impression offers a glimpse of how a multi-million pound development in Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter will look

The Crowne Plaza Hotel will look like this once completed
The Crowne Plaza Hotel will look like this once completed

This digital impression offers the first glimpse of how a new, multi-million pound development in Newcastle.

As previously reported in the Journal, a 10-acre site at the Stephenson Quarter, behind the city’s Central Station, is undergoing a £200m transformation, which will include new commercial, hotel, residential and retail facilities.

Phase one of the development is now under way and will see the creation of a 251-bed, four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel and conference centre, as well as a combined 357-space multi-storey car park and 35,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, complete with an innovative sedum green roof.

After almost six months on site, M&E engineering consultancy Desco is delighted by the progress made.

The company, based out of its headquarters in Doxford Park, Sunderland, has provided the mechanical and electrical designs for the development, which is being driven forward by developers Silverlink and constructed by Miller Construction, by way of an innovative funding deal with Newcastle City Council, RBS, Aviva and the North East LEP.

It was thought around 2,200 jobs would be created through the project.

Desco director George Gifford said: “Phase one of the project is now well under way, it’s great to start to see the progress that has been made and many years of design and consultancy work begin to be realised.

“Because of the nature of the location, contours in the ground and current restrictions to the site, the project has been a challenge but one which is proving incredibly rewarding as we’re starting to see the development take shape and move forward at a rapid pace.

“We are all excited by the potential the Stephenson Quarter has to transform the area connecting Newcastle’s Quayside with the Central Gateway Project and the city centre by creating thriving residential, working and cultural areas and supporting the growth of the regional economy.

“With the development of the Grade A offices coming at a time when demand is high for high quality commercial office space in Newcastle, this is a positive move.”

Mr Gifford added: “Sustainable design is a vital element to the Stephenson Quarter project. We’re working within ever tighter regulations on the use of energy within buildings, we have to streamline processes to a higher degree than ever before, and we always aspire to provide our clients with an energy-saving, cost effective design that maximises sustainable, green options.

“I’m delighted with the progress made to date on this project and look forward to continuing its work into the next phase of development.”

City leaders at Newcastle Council bought the 10-acre site in order to unfreeze a development, which had been stalled since March 2011.

The £9.7m council land buy-up is being promoted to investors as a key sign that the city is ready to back jobcreation schemes. Developer Silverlink will now buy back sections, at market value, as and when it is ready to build.

The first phase of the Stephenson Quarter development is expected to be complete in July 2015 and subsequent phases will include commercial offices, a boutique hotel, apartments and shops.

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