Report - Downing Plaza Tower Crane, Newcastle Upon Tyne - July 2013

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28DL Full Member
Jul 26, 2011
Co Durham
Downing Plaza Tower Crane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, July 2013


As the largest planning application to be granted in Newcastle for a generation, Downing Plaza signals a high water mark for the city’s regeneration.

The £200 million development is transforming the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery into six new iconic buildings designed by the acclaimed Ian Simpson Architects. Featuring 200,000 sq ft of offices, a 183-room hotel, a 462-bed student village and extensive retail space, the scheme will form a impressive gateway to Newcastle City Council’s Science Central masterplan.

Downing Plaza has achieved a record-breaking commercial pre-let of 100,000 sq ft with Newcastle University Business School.

Construction is currently in the fourth and final stage, due for completion on August 2014.

Phase 4 - The Ceres. This 18 storey tower will provide 115 studio apartments and an additional 329 cluster en-suite bedrooms.

Pictures taken over 2 visits with AJ, joined by lucid second time around with the crane pointing the opposite direction for a slightly different persepective. Overall prettty straight forward both times... almost leisurely. Nice and high with some great views to the south and east of the city and overlooking the 52,000 capacity St James' Park Stadium.
I've been out and travelled plenty this year exploring wise, but mainly as a tourist, which is fun, but it was nice to get out locally and get something new and high done to feel enthusiactic about posting.

St James' Blvd.

Cathedral Church of St Mary to the left, looking towards Gateshead

Strawberry Place, Gallowgate, Chinatown

Tyne Bridge to the right, Millenium Bridge arch to the left



St James' Park



Thanks for looking:thumb

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