Bolbec Hall

Location: Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Client: Maymask
Architect: Ian Darby Partnership
Main Contractor: Minel Group
Scope: Structural Engineering Design
Contract Value: £1.25 million

Bolbec Hall is a Grade II listed building located close to the Central Station transport hub and adjoining business quarters of Newcastle.

Originally built as speculative office space in 1907, the building has been vacant for some years after being sold by the owners of the adjoining Lit & Phil Building.

This development looks to revitalise the star quality of the building, such as the intricate ceiling roses & cornices, and the grand entrance, while also modernising the main stair and atrium area by replacing the original service lift with a new modern glazed lift.

With the demolition of internal partitions, where not deemed an original feature, new open plan Grade A office space will be provided on all floors, served by the new grand atrium.

Extensive survey work was needed to establish the original structural form of the building, and to ensure the period features were dealt with sympathetically during the alterations.

The alterations include demolition of some load bearing partitions, demolition of an existing internal staircase and construction of new infill floor, improvements/remedial works to the external fire escape staircase and the installation of a new fully glazed lift.

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