RIBA Enterprises are cementing their faith in the North East with elaborate plans to refurbish their Newcastle HQ.
The commercial sector of the Royal Institute of British Architects have purchased the freehold for St. Nicholas Street’s old Post Office building, and five million pounds will be used to revamp the much-loved piece of historical architecture.
The Journal spoke with RIBA Enterprises Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse (pictured), who explained the reason why RIBA are developing their North East site. He said: “One of the reasons we are here is because of the quality of students who are in the city and staying not just to work for us. The city is becoming a centre of BIM expertise.”
The Duke of Northumberland’s Hotspur Estates owned the building previously, and RIBA Enterprises’ purchase will see the old Post Office, and a number of surrounding buildings, get a small amount of new building work added to them.
RIBA’s currentl Newcastle office sees them work in an 18,000 square feet space and the new makeover will see refurbishment, additional building and extension come together as part of RIBA’s latest “ambitious redevelopment plan”, meaning they will work within 26,000 square feet once work has been completed.
The expanded workplace will also mean the current workforce of 180 will expand by an extra 50 staff.
The redevelopment will also see the construction of a lecture theatre, architecture gallery and a café/bar facility.
To read more about the plans and Waterhouse’s opinions on controversial comments made about the North East in an article published in The Guardian, click here.
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