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. Some of the buildings are unique to Newcastle, such as the 4-star plus hotel that houses the largest banqueting space in the city.
Desco is working with developer Clouston Group on a 90000m² multi-use scheme in Newcastle City Centre. The development, behind the city’s Central Station and bounded by the Grade I listed town wall remains, is on a culturally important site and derives its name from the original workshop used by railway pioneer George Stephenson to build the Rocket and has required extensive feasibility work.
The scheme will bring a major regeneration and change of use to a site that is currently predominantly warehouse and industrial, to provide a flagship mixed use development including residential, hotel and conference, commercial office and leisure. Desco have worked on a number of the schemes on the Stephenson Quarter development, including the new 4-star plus hotel.
As part of the first phase of the project, we provided the mechanical and electrical design services on the new luxury ‘4 star plus’ hotel, situated in the City Centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Working closely with the hotel operator, Intercontinental Hotels Group, a discussion was complete for Desco to understand their brand standards, vision and expectations for the new hotel. Comprising of 250 bedrooms, hospitality and conference facilities and a luxury leisure club and health spa with swimming pool, the Crowne Plaza sits on a culturally important site.
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.
As well as the Crowne Plaza being developed on the first phase, there is also the Rocket office and multi-storey car park and subsequent phases will deliver additional commercial offices, an exhibition and events venue, residential apartments and retail facilities.