Architects Move into Old Print Works

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Ambitious Newcastle architectural practice Xsite has moved to a new building in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley complete with its own gallery space and studios that will be let to other businesses in the creative industries.

After five years in the Tyneside Cinema building, which have seen Xsite expand from a one-man band to a team of seven, it was felt that new premises were needed to reflect the growing stature of the practice, which was founded by Tim Bailey.

The new building, a former print works to be known as Foundry Lane Studios, covers 350 square metres, offering stunning views across the western side of the Ouseburn.

"We wanted somewhere with room to expand and the new building fulfils that brief perfectly," said Bailey. "In addition to a large, light work area that's big enough for the whole team, we have a large gallery space and artist's studio, as well as meeting rooms and three additional rooms that can be rented out to other firms.

"After five great years in the Tyneside Cinema, we felt that it was time for a change. Plus, we've had some input into the planned restoration of the cinema building, so they were going to need to reclaim the space before too long. …