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

There's no getting away from it - much of the North-East's building business centres on Newcastle.

You only have to look at a selection of the latest awards to conclude that the real action for sub-contract, supply and service companies lies in the region's capital.

Take, for example, contractors Bowey, Kendall Cross and McAlpine (Sir Robert, that is, not the newly-branded, likely-to-be-contested, formerly-named Alfred McAlpine).

Newcastle firm Bowey Construction is to build a pounds 3m, four-floor structure at Lime Street in the city's Ouseburn area. Its purpose? To house and promote to visitors, old and young, the works of children's authors and illustrators for employer The Centre for the Children's Book.

Local architects GWK and multi-disciplinary consultant Arup link up in an innovative architectural exercise of mixed contemporary and traditional construction involving both steel framed and reinforced concrete design.

With assistance funding from the city council and the Arts Council, Bowey's shell and core contract includes careful demolition of a warehouse next to an existing listed building followed by construction of four storeys, two of which are below ground level.

GWK senior partner Charles Greenall is i/c design with fellow partner Bill Kish taking the architectural role at site. Gardiner & Theobald input quantities and planning supervision.

Provisional programming sees commencement on site this Monday (January 19) with October 25 the completion target.

Nearby at Stepney Bank in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley, the City Farm and the timber-framed Eco Centre is to be rejuvenated.

Successful first stage tenderer Kendall Cross is believed to be now preparing work packages towards the negotiation of final costs with City Design staff in time for an early April site start.

The 36-week project will involve the Ponteland contractor in demolishing the existing workshops and erecting a new eco-friendly workshop and teaching/training centre having sedum roof covering.

The detailed design solution stemmed from collaboration between Ryton-based specialist consultant Newton Architects and staff in the city's neighbourhood services directorate. …

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