Consulting engineers, Patrick Parsons, are moving forward with a renovation project in Newcastle.
The Newcastle-headquartered firm has been appointed to provide a range of engineering services for a new hotel in the city centre, building on its expertise in this sector.
Patrick Parsons, which has eight UK-based offices and two international offices in Dubai and Sydney, was commissioned by developer Kier Property to work on the 222 room Motel One which is on course to be completed in late autumn.
The firm is heavily involved in the development of the £13 million boutique hotel – following successful operations in Edinburgh, Aldgate and soon to be opened Manchester, for the German hotel chain – and is providing structural, civil and geoenvironmental services, including the design of a multi-storey steel frame with metal decking for the new part of the building.
Due to its setting within a conservation area of the city, the refurbishment of the existing building has been carefully developed to take the existing archaeology and original features into account.
The Motel One project is the latest addition to Patrick Parsons’ hotel portfolio, which also includes Drayton Manor Park Hotel in Staffordshire and Hotel Indigo and the Easy Hotel in Glasgow.
Bruce Horsburgh, Associate Director of Structures at Patrick Parsons, said: “We have already worked on a number of high-profile hotel projects around the UK, so we’re pleased to have been appointed as project engineers for this exciting new hotel right on our doorstep.
“Working in existing buildings always presents challenges, but we are working hard to protect the original features and to carefully monitor our work due to any items unearthed that may have archaeological importance.
“Motel One will no doubt be an excellent addition to Newcastle’s thriving hotel sector, so we’re delighted to be playing a key role in this project.”