Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 200m Skyscraper for Brewery Site

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 200m Skyscraper for Brewery Site

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Byline: By Peter Young

Plans for a pounds 200m housing, hotel and office complex on the old Tyne Brewery site in Newcastle, including Tyneside's tallest tower block, were unveiled today.

The 50-storey residential block would dwarf every building on Tyneside, towering high above the Newcastle United football ground across the road.

Developers are planning to bulldoze the site at the corner of Gallowgate and St James' Boulevard, including the former Scottish & Newcastle office block overlooking St James' Park and an old bottling plant.

A newer bottling plant still in production is not included. This will close early next year when operations move to Dunston and development plans for that site will then be put forward.

The plan is to build a total of 2,175 apartments, including 1,000 for students and 650 for key workers, a 150-bed, four-star hotel, and 315,000 sq ft of offices and shops with basement parking on two levels.

There would be 400 construction jobs and 800-900 permanent jobs when the offices are built and the site is occupied.

The 536ft block will be nearly twice the height of any building on Tyneside. At present the tallest building is the Dunston Rocket, a 280ft block of council flats in Gateshead.

Newcastle Civic Centre is 250ft high and the tallest residential block in the city is Vale House, Jesmond, at 227ft.

The football ground is around 180ft at its highest point and Grey's Monument reaches 135ft. Plans for a 32-storey residential tower called Northern Light, at the mouth of the Ouseburn, which would have been 290ft high, were withdrawn in July following protests that it would spoil views of the Tyne Gorge.

Liverpool-based Downing Developments is behind the Gallowgate scheme and award-winning Ian Simpson Architects have been recruited.

Current projects include major buildings and tower blocks in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and London.

The plan is to put in a planning application at the end of the year and if the go-ahead is given work will start in mid-2005 and take between three and four years to complete. …

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