£1.6million refurbishment of Lifton House for the GMB Trade Union is now underway

Published on: 12th June 2018

Construction work has started on site for the remodelling and fit-out of Lifton House for GMB. The £1.6 million project will see the GMB trade union move back into a property that was previously occupied the union 130 years ago.

Our in-house architecture division, SW Architecture, have been working closely with GMB to turn the vision into reality. The commission sees us consult on architecture, interior design, building surveying, quantity surveying, and project management.

Following its completion Lifton House will become GMB’s regional headquarters and will see them move from their current offices on Mosley Street. The space will create a modern flexible working environment that has been designed to work in harmony with the existing historic features of the building.

Commenting on the project, Billy Coates, Regional Secretary for the GMB, Northern Region, said: “The GMB is absolutely delighted in returning to occupying Lifton House, the former National Headquarters of the Boilermakers’ Union. Lifton House was the first purpose-built Trade Union Headquarters in the late Nineteenth Century. It is a beautiful building in a wonderful part of Newcastle. It is fitting that the GMB Northern Region will be moving to a fit for purpose, state of the art Headquarters and set the scene for a modern 21st Century Union.”

Stephen Richardson, partner and head of SW Architecture, commented: “This has been a fantastic project for SW Architecture to be involved with. To assist the GMB trade union in returning to one of their first buildings after all this time and to be able to restore this grand building after the architectural impact of past works in the 60’s and 70’s has filled the entire design team with immense pride”.

Following an enabling works contract to carry out initial strip out works Northern Bear have also been appointed to carry out the main construction works. Commenting on the works, Neil Jukes, managing director for Northern Bear, said: “We are looking forward to turning the clients and architects vision into a modern office space within the constraints of the existing building”.

Works are due to complete in spring 2019.

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