Faithful+Gould Project Crowned Winner at RICS North East Awards

Kimberley Workman
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, part of the multi-million pound development of Stephenson Quarter in Newcastle city centre, has won the tourism and leisure category at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Awards 2016.

Six months after it opened to the public, the Crowne Plaza Hotel scooped the prestigious prize at the annual awards. The win positively marks the completion of the first phase of the Stephenson Quarter development.

Faithful+Gould has provided project management, employer's agent, quantity surveying and CDM coordination services from the outset of phase 1 of this major mixed-use development, which has included the delivery of the award-winning 251-bed, four-star Crowne Plaza Hotel, 35,000sqft Grade A commercial office space and a 357-space multi-storey car park.

"The regeneration of Stephenson Quarter is looking to create 2000 jobs once complete and is expected to generate £100m per annum within the regional economy."

Andrew Grey, Faithful+Gould Associate Director and Stephenson Quarter Project Manager

Andrew Grey, associate director and Stephenson Quarter Project Manager, said: "The recognition that the Crowne Plaza Hotel received at the RICS North East Awards is testament to the hard work and commitment of the project team and the vision of Clouston Group, the developer. It is a brilliant confidence boost for the next phase of the works programme. The regeneration of Stephenson Quarter is looking to create 2000 jobs once complete and is expected to generate £100m per annum within the regional economy. It’s a significant project for the North East and Faithful+Gould are incredibly proud to be a part of it."

Clouston Group's vision is to create a new vibrant living, working and cultural area in the heart of the city. The 10-acre site, located adjacent to Newcastle Central Station, has significant historic importance with a number of listed buildings that were part of Robert Stephenson’s workshops where the steam locomotive 'Rocket' was built.

The proposed development, when fully completed, will be a mixture of new build and refurbishment; including the Crowne Plaza Hotel, commercial office space, studio/exhibition space, a multi-storey car park, retail facilities and high quality public realm works.

We are currently supporting Clouston Group with its masterplanning and development appraisals for Phase 2 of the development, providing project management services to a multi-disciplinary team of professionals as options are considered for the listed buildings, residential buildings and the further commercial accommodation to be completed in the later phases.

As part of phase 2, redevelopment of Robert Stephenson’s Boiler Shop is currently underway and is expected to re-open to the public in late summer 2016.

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