Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter
Stephenson Quarter is a flagship development for the city, regenerating a large area of Newcastle that has been under-developed for a number of years and which is envisaged to help attract increased visitor numbers and spend within the city.
The anchor development of this large scale regeneration of a 90000m² city centre site in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is the luxury ‘4 star plus’ Crowne Plaza hotel.
Desco delivered the M&E design for the hotel as part of the first phase of the development, alongside ‘The Rocket’ Grade A commercial office development and a 360 space multi-storey car park. We worked closely with the hotel operator Intercontinental Hotels Group to discuss and understand their brand standards, vision and expectations for the new hotel which comprises 250 bedrooms and suites together with extensive business, hospitality and conference facilities and a luxury leisure club and health spa with swimming pool.
One of the hotel’s most striking features is the 17-metre-high chandelier, which is the centre piece of the glazed atrium. The unique chandelier comprises 156 individual poly-carbon globes, each suspended on its own wire hanging at different heights within the atrium. Shipped from Scotland, the chandelier hangs six stories down, suspended from a mirror in the atrium’s ceiling.
As part of our overall M&E design appointment, we worked closely with the artist and manufacturer to ensure the required electric supply, location and additional lighting were optimised to showcase the chandelier.
The overall Stephenson Quarter development is on a culturally important site and derives its name from the original workshops used by railway pioneer George Stephenson to build the Rocket, still located on the site. As well as the Crowne Plaza, Rocket office and multi-storey car park, subsequent phases will deliver additional commercial offices, an exhibition and events venue, residential apartments and retail facilities.