Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Building What

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Who's Building What

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Byline: By Ron Taylor

Architects are busy and it bodes well for the construction industry. But it doesn't necessarily follow that the North-East's builders will share in the bonanza.

Take Gerald Roberts' practice as a case in point.

OK, he and his Whitley Bay colleagues have commissions for projects locally, but their briefs are by no means confined to the region.

And it is especially true when it comes to working in the health sector.

One Hertfordshire-based client specialising in primary health care centres (PHCCS) has Gerald

Roberts & Partners preparing plans for pounds 600,000 centres at Totton on the outskirts of Southampton and in the Walton district of Liverpool.

Alterations to a PHCC at Speke are about to go on site whereas a proposed centre at Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay now has planning approval and tenders are to be invited shortly.

Expect the Gerald Roberts' professional team to be involved in two similar centres in South Tyneside, too.

Meanwhile, Richmond contractor Randall Orchard is Trinity Medical Properties' preferred choice to build their pounds 900,000 single storey centre at Hope Street, Crook.

Again Mr Roberts acts for this Sunderland-based health sector employer.

Dementia Care Partnership has QS Rider Hunt as client's agent at Brunswick Beech, Newcastle where five, four-resident bungalows form the first phase of a pounds 2.3m scheme.

The Whitley Bay architectural practice is novated to Stephen Easten for the initial job and is commissioned for the pounds 1.4m second stage respite care unit and admin set-up within the day centre.

Housing features in the Gerald Roberts portfolio too. A pounds 300,000-plus private dwelling at Darras Hall is under construction by Pearce & Son of Shiremoor and commissions from industrial painting contractor Pyeroy's homes sub-division include six detached houses at Front Street, Seaton Bum and eight terraced properties planned for Brunswick. …

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