The restoration and redevelopment of a Victorian factory building, damaged by fire in the mid 1980’s and left derelict for 20 years. Part of the wider regeneration of the Ouseburn area of Newcastle, the building now provides modern facilities for the creative industry. The building achieved a BREEAM 'Very Good' standard.
The building provides a hub for surrounding businesses through access to services and opportunities for professional interaction. There are around 2,000m² of workspace units of circa 50m², plus break-out and meeting spaces, the latter complemented by external landscaping, car parking and new access arrangements.
A full structural appraisal of the behaviour and capacity of the existing structure and foundations was undertaken. This enabled an extra storey to be added to the existing building at roof level, by the introduction of a lightweight steel frame and timber floor.
Our geotechnical engineers carried out a contamination risk assessment with regard to gas, human health, and controlled waters and were able to conclude that no remediation measures were required to be implemented during construction of the proposed development.
Project name Toffee Factory
Location Newcastle, UK
Services Civil, structural, geotechnical and transportation
Project Director/Partner John McArdle
Photography © Jill Tate
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