Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Development Is Turning This into a 21st Century City

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Development Is Turning This into a 21st Century City

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Byline: By Neil Osborne, Associate At Storeys:ssp, Newcastle

Newcastle is a relatively small city and major development opportunities in the city centre are becoming harder to piece together.

It has been well documented that with the natural barriers of the river to the south, the Town Moor to the north and the Central Motorway to the east that the area to the west of the city centre along St James' Boulevard is the natural location for further development.

This obvious conclusion was recognised by the city some time ago and they have made it a priority to facilitate development ( a process which was started by the sale of their site to Hanro at the junction with Gallowgate where the impressive Citygate office development now stands.

The key to the success of St James' Boulevard will be the creation of mixed use developments including offices, residential, leisure and hotel uses creating a vibrant location that will greet visitors to the city arriving over the Redheugh Bridge.

Although this process is already under way there are still many opportunities. The hotel market in Newcastle, although much healthier than it was a few years ago still has some capacity and there are several operators still keen to be located on St James' Boulevard.

At the junction of Westmorland Road and St James' Boulevard, London and Regional are nearing completion of their Centralofts mixed use residential and office scheme and shortly 12,000 sq ft of ground floor office accommodation will be available overlooking an attractive piazza.

Other developments taking place around the piazza will include a multi-storey car park, the proposed dance city, a hotel development to be undertaken by Collingwood Properties and a mixed use scheme at the southern part of the site to be undertaken by Amco Developments.

One interesting aspect is that the Pathfinder initiative, introduced by the Government, to restrict the number of planning consents granted in city centre areas for residential development has its boundary running north-south along St James' Boulevard. This means that any proposed schemes to the west will not be subject to these restrictions whilst further proposed developments to the east may well be. …

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