Lifton House

Location: Jesmond, Newcastle
Client: GMB
Architect: Sanderson Weatherall
Main Contractor: Northern Bear
Scope: Civil & Structural Engineering Design
Contract Value: £1.5 million

Lifton House is a late Victorian villa set within the Brandling Village conservation area of Jesmond on a traffic island between Jesmond Parish Church and the Jesmond Metro Station.

During the 1960’s an unsympathetic extension was created along with modern dormers to the second floor level which completely dominate the context of the existing villa.

This development provides a new lease of life for the existing building with modifications carried out internally to the original building structure and significant changes made to the previous extensions. These works included demolition of the top flight of the circulation staircase, and the original extension, construction of a new extension, alterations to the dormer windows and then works to re-clad areas of the building with more modern materials and additional glass curtain walling. The existing structure was utilised wherever possible to reduce costs, but primarily to avoid any major interventions into the original celebrated features of the building fabric.

Internally, clever space planning coupled with the creation of some new openings through load bearing walls has successfully created brighter, more open plan working spaces at all levels.

Lifton House was shortlisted in the `Conservation & Regeneration’ category in the 2020 inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards North East.

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