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

As Gleeson's Geoff Gaskell prepared a bid for the Benton-based builder a couple of months ago, he said: "It's not the best of sites - an awkward job with its share of retaining walls."

As it turned out, all tenders for Mercian Developments' proposed six-storey housing block at 46-54a Close in Newcastle reflected competing contractors' concerns and none were within or at budget.

However, all is not lost, as the word is that advisers to the Shrewsbury client have elected to negotiate the pounds 4m scheme of 43 apartments with Gleeson and its bid manager John Johnson.

Given that price discussions upon the reinforced concrete framed and piled project succeed, sitework is targeted to start four months later than planned on February 1.

Among specialist subcontractors involved will be installers of glazed stainless steel, aluminium framed powder coated windows and terracotta tiled rain- screen cladding.

Other than Gateshead structural engineers K F Shadbolt, the consultant line-up is all Yorkshire-based - the Harris architectural partnership from Wakefield, Rosedale Building Services of Tadcaster and Sheffield employer's agent Monaghans.

Another Newcastle job which may be less than straightforward is the pounds 500,000 reinstatement of structural fabric following the partial collapse last August of the Grade II listed, former Dickinson Dees/Lloyds TSB building on the corner of Westgate Road and Grainger Street.

Staff from Alan Tunnah's Monkseaton-based Alden Contracts LLP have the city centre task working under the direction of Nicholson Design Partnership's Bruce McCallion and partners from structural consultants Maughan Reynolds and services engineers Taylor Design.

Prime Construction, of Darras Hall, has Whickham architects Nicholson Nairn designing a two-storey workshop-cum-office unit at Brunswick Industrial Estate in the north of the city.

Meanwhile, Graham Raw, from the Ilford-based practice SDA Architects, has charge of Stephen Easten's alterations and extension to an early-years unit at Chesters Avenue, Longbenton. …

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