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Motel One, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Geoenvironmental, Structural, Civil
  • LocationNewcastle upon Tyne
  • ListingGrade II Listed
  • Value£13m
  • ClientLugano Property Group
  • ArchitectArchial NORR

Patrick Parsons provided civil and structural engineering services on this £13m 222-bed, boutique hotel. The scheme, one of the first within the UK for a German hotel operator, sits within a conservation area.

The project posed challenges due to the accessibility of the High Bridge site and the listed nature of the building. Unusually the building features precast concrete lift shafts and staircases which have also presented their own design requirements.

Patrick Parsons designed a multi storey steel frame with metal decking for the new build section of the hotel whilst the refurbishment of the existing building was carefully developed to take existing archaeology, the original features of the building and its setting in a conservation area into account.

The medieval city location also meant Patrick Parsons encountered changes in ground levels across the site, and careful monitoring was required due to the potential archaeological importance of any items uncovered or unearthed.