Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rivalry Sharpens as Districts Created; A Lot Can Happen in Four Years, World Cups Can Be Won and Lost, Presidents and Prime Ministers Can Come and Go. in That Time, Has Newcastle City Centre Changed Much? as an Office Location, It Has, Says Stewart Thomson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rivalry Sharpens as Districts Created; A Lot Can Happen in Four Years, World Cups Can Be Won and Lost, Presidents and Prime Ministers Can Come and Go. in That Time, Has Newcastle City Centre Changed Much? as an Office Location, It Has, Says Stewart Thomson

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Byline: Stewart Thomson

WHEN I left the North East to move to Prague in 2004, the office market was just starting to expand from the traditional core of Grey Street and surrounds.

At that point in time, the Quayside was already established as a location, but still lacking amenities and critical mass.

Central Square one and two had been completed and were setting new standards in design and quality.

The Central Square developments also paved the way for developers to look slightly off pitch for sites where they could deliver modern buildings, built to the latest levels of quality of flexibility tenants demand.

When I left Newcastle, the major development on the horizon was Trinity Gardens. On returning to Newcastle and walking around Trinity Gardens, I was impressed by the scale of the development.

Trinity Gardens has brought the Quayside what it really needed - additional amenities.

The scheme now has a convenient retail offering, a good range of restaurants and obviously it provides good quality office space.

So has the addition of Trinity Gardens made the Quayside the new Central Business District (CBD) of Newcastle?

Between the completion of Trinity Gardens and 2008, Newcastle has seen a few ground-breaking schemes completed.

But 2008 was the year it became apparent that developers were going to push the boundary of the old CBD. An example is Time Central at Gallowgate.

This successful development is soon to be overshadowed by its big sister, Wellbar Central, which will provide more than 100,000sq ft of office space.

Wellbar Central and Time Central sit close to the Downing Plaza development on the old breweries site. Here more than 100,000sq ft of space has been pre-let to Newcastle University Business School.

These large-scale developments will help anchor the Gallowgate as a major business quarter for the city.

Another area with a strong pipeline of development is behind the Central Station on Forth Street. …

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