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Crowne Plaza hotel The 251-bed Crowne Plaza opened for business in September, but officially with a ceremony in November. The seven-storey hotel on Hawthorn Square, Forth Street, has been built with 20,000 tonnes of concrete, 185 copper panels and 7,000 metres of timber panelling. The glass atrium at the hotel’s reception has been constructed with 114 panes of glass alone. Standing at over 25m high, it provides panoramic views of the city from all levels of the hotel. www.chroniclelive.co.uk The multi-million pound hotel in Newcastle has finally welcomed first guests, more than two years after contractors were first appointed
Hawthorne House The Victorian buildings, opposite the new Forth Banks police station, are set to be given a major overhaul to create 12,000ft of office space.
The Rocket and car park A state-of-the-art office space, the Rocket takes its name from arguably one of the most famous trains ever. It is believed the development will support 350 workers in 35,000 square feet of office space. Architecturally it is a split beast - from Forth Banks you can see the steel facade of the 360-space car park but from Hawthorne Square its a sleek glass design. The car park is now open and the developers are marketing office space now. Beneath the glass fronted Rocket office block lays a sleek 360-space car park, off Forth Banks, carrying a bold steel emblem announcing the Stephenson Quarter. www.chroniclelive.co.uk Developer Clouston Group has all but completed work on Crowne Plaza Hotel, The Rocket offices and car park
The Boiler Shop Set to be restored in the second part of the development, the Boiler Shop has been transformed into a thriving cultural space hosting the monthly Boiler Shop Steamer events which see the best of the region’s street food and musicians come together. The grade-II listed building was once home to Stephenson’s Works but some would argue its re-birth is every bit as innovative. www.chroniclelive.co.uk If you're looking for good, affordable grub on the go then there are plenty of street food traders in Newcastle to choose from
Bridge link There are plans for a bridge link between the site and Newcastle Central station.
Housing development At the corner of Pottery Lane and Forth Banks plans have been approved for a 280-home development from Panacea Property Development. The development includes three residential apartment blocks between seven and nine storeys tall, which will house 280 one to three-bedroom flats for private rent. They will not be available for sale. The three apartment blocks will contain a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with 111 apartments in block one, 114 apartments in block two and 55 apartments in block three.
New station New multi-million pound Northumbria Police station for Newcastle city centre, which opened in September 2014. www.chroniclelive.co.uk A new Electronic Custody Registration system is being used by Northumbria Police at Forth Banks to improve efficiency and prisoner safety
Stephenson House Part of phase two. A 120,000 square feet grade A office block with the ground floor reserved for retail and office use.
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