Office plans for former Newcastle bar

Posted on by John Cronin

Developers have submitted plans for an office development on the site of a former bar in the Quayside area of Newcastle.

stereo officeOwners of the former Stereo Bar, Tokyo Industries, want to demolish the existing building and replace with it a modern, eco-friendly one (artists impression pictured).

The proposed five-storey, oval building will offer commercial office space along with a retail unit suitable for use as a restaurant. Floor plates for office space will range in size between 7,125 sq ft and 7,580 sq ft.

In 2008 two redevelopment proposals were considered for the Stereo Bar site. An initial design for a larger, seven-storey office building was dismissed after feedback from the council and English Heritage. The larger building was considered to have too great an impact on the setting of the nearby Grade II Listed Keelman’s Hospital.

Architects Surface Light Space have designed a futuristic, oval-shaped building that will incorporate several energy efficient measures including natural ventilation and lighting, rain-water recycling and a partial, green roof. The building could expect to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’.

The site of the bar, which suffered a fire last year, is located toward the edge of the Eastern Quayside development. The area is a mix of refurbished warehouses and new-builds and around 60% of the total floor space is used as commercial office accommodation.

Rob Cameron, MD of Tokyo Industries, believes there is sufficient demand to justify the speculative development. Commenting on the proposal Mr Cameron said: “Only last week an article in the local press expressed concern over the lack of high quality office space being brought forward in the city.”

Local residents have until 28th September to submit letters in favour of or against the planning application.

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