Refurbished St James' Gate makes great first impression

Published on: 17th November 2015

A landmark mixed-use development in Newcastle city centre has been given an impressive new look thanks to the expertise of our architectural and asset management teams.

McAleer & Rushe Group, which owns and operates the St James’ Gate development, tasked us with the refurbishment and modernisation of the expansive reception area to 2 St James’ Gate, an eight-storey office building on Railway Street.

Our architecture team created the visual concept for the entrance and reception space, which has been designed to create a striking first impression and appropriately reflect the high quality of the development.  St James’ Gate’s current tenants include Big Lottery Fund, Serco and UBS.

The refurbishment project, which was completed in September 2015, was managed by head of facilities management, Alex Slack, and the spectacular design concept was created by architectural assistant Gillian Smith. 

The newly-designed space features a digital wall covering showing a city scape of Newcastle’s famous landmarks including the Tyne Bridge and the Baltic.  The refit also included redecorating work and the installation of a corian-made reception desk which completes the high-end design.

Commenting on the design and refurbishment, Stephen Davey of McAleer & Rushe Group, said: “2 St James’ Gate provides excellent office space in a much sought after prime city centre location. Our desire was to create a welcoming yet impressive reception area to match the prestige of the development and thanks to the expertise of Sanderson Weatherall we have achieved that.”

Our local knowledge allowed us to engage trusted local contractors to carry out the work on the refit and refurbishment works making the project cost effective whilst benefitting the wider local economy.

Alex Slack said: “At Sanderson Weatherall, we were able to offer an integrated and collaborative approach between the property management and architecture departments, to deliver this project, from initial design concepts to the final fit-out.  We have an excellent relationship with McAleer & Rushe and we are proud to have delivered such a superb new reception area for St James’ Gate.”

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