Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Park Life; Ian Robson Discovers a Run-Down Old Building Re-Invented as a Modern Home with Impressive Green Credentials

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Park Life; Ian Robson Discovers a Run-Down Old Building Re-Invented as a Modern Home with Impressive Green Credentials

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Byline: Ian Robson

Look at this place now. It used to be a neglected derelict building but it has been transformed into a stunning new home. Park Lodge has been given a fresh lease of life after new owner Donald Stewart bought it three years ago and turned it into a magnificent family house with impeccable green credentials.

The property is a former gatehouse near the Mansion House in Jesmond, Newcastle, which escaped demolition when the gardens of the Mansion House were extended.

Although built in the late 1900s it now boasts a modern feel after the complete makeover similar to the properties in the TV programme Grand Designs.

Donald said: "It's been a long road to get Park Lodge to where it is but worth every second of hard work to see this once derelict building back in use as a modern and contemporary home with such standout and forward-thinking sustainable features.

"Despite the obvious limitations of working with a building of such a considerable age, we have been able to work together with builders, planners and architects to design and construct a home which is not only good to look at but maintains the principles of low-energy consumption throughout the building fabric.

"Park Lodge is very much a home from the past with distinctly futuristic features."

The building has been renovated with an eye to retaining its heritage but adding modern features.

A subtle reworking brought more space and light into the property without detracting from its position within the Jesmond conservation area.

It is essentially a new home which has retained the essential character of the gatehouse to create a fit-forpurpose residential building. Donald said: "Park Lodge is an example of how to take an older structure and enhance it to retain the character of such significant architectural buildings without compromising on what modern homeowners need from their property.

"We are delighted to have been able to restore the features of this historic home for future generations to enjoy. That we were able to do this was due to the city planners and conservationists working creatively together with our designer and building contractor. …

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