Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boutique Hotel Design for 19th-Century Office; Leisure

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boutique Hotel Design for 19th-Century Office; Leisure

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PLANS for a new boutique hotel on Newcastle Quayside complete with a bar and restaurant are being drawn up.

The Grade II-listed Eldon Chambers could soon be converted into a hotel, with a bar and restaurant on the ground floor, giving new life to a building which has only ever provided office space since its construction more than 180 years ago.

Property firm Bradley Hall has been marketing the empty building on behalf of its owners since law firm Blackett Hart & Pratt LLP left to move elsewhere.

The legal firm, which trades as BHP Law, quit the building during a major restructure which saw it move to cheaper offices in th e city centre, saying it had been paying rent of PS200,000 a year before relocating to Collingwood Street, where it pays PS15,000.

Now interior designers Collective Design, the Newcastle firm currently involved in a whole range of city centre leisure developments, is drawing up designs which show how the ground floor could be taken up with the restaurant and bar, while upper floors would have rooms, many with views over the River Tyne.

Should planning permission be secured, an operator for the hotel would then be brought in.

Built in 1833, Eldon Chambers started life as a merchant traders' office and has always accommodated office space. The building underwent a refurbishment in the 1920s when the interior was sub-divided to create separate offices, also adding the staircase, which the proposal intends to retain. Works planned include the removal of five internal walls to create a more open-plan space for the restaurant and bar to work together. Where possible, original walls have been retained and the original doorways at the front and back of the building are to remain the same.

In heritage and design statement submitted by Collective Design on behalf of Bradley Hall, the design team said Newcastle and Gateshead's cultural offerings dictate that more hotels are needed. …

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