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The Farrell Centre

A new centre for architecture in the heart of Newcastle.

Front facade of building with cyclist on road in front


Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Newcastle University


Elliott Architects

SPACE Architects

Located in the heart of Newcastle, we assisted the transformation of the Farrell Centre, a historic Grade II- listed building, into a new centre for architecture. The refurbishment consisted of a new, brightly coloured staircase, cutting through the entire building along with a lift being inserted over three floors. This, allows access to the multi- use spaces.all while maintaining the original brickwork, fireplaces and features throughout.

The large openings that needed to be formed in the existing floors and steelwork to insert the staircase required structural challenges. This meant the team had to carry out investigative work and had to consider construction sequencing to avoid damaging the structure and to establish the existing structure arrangements. Likewise, throughout the process, new openings were made in the existing walls to allow us to add the lift door openings and the new service routes whilst keeping the original brickwork and features exposed.

Graham in an open collar shirt and suit jacket against a dark wall

Graham Barker

Partner, Vertical Transportation

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We are proud to be part of the team, breathing life back into this historic building, giving life for the future and providing accessibility for all.