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Meliá riverside hotel approved

Melia Innside Newcastle Riverside Hotel View From The Close Lh

Newcastle City Council has approved our plans, on behalf of Union Property and Meliá Hotels International, for a four star hotel in a prime riverside location on the iconic Newcastle Quayside.

The hotel will comprise 161 guest bedrooms; conference facilities; resident’s fitness suite and an exciting new bar and restaurant offer on the ground floor, which will provide both the public and hotel guests with outstanding views of the city’s world-renowned riverscape.

Bringing a previously unoccupied site back into use has great potential, not only in breathing life back into the western side of the Newcastle Quayside, but also in providing a renewed link between the site and the successful redevelopment of the city’s nearby Stephenson Quarter.

The ‘L’ shape form of the building’s principal block contains guest rooms within a highly efficient plan arrangement, at a comparable height to the adjacent Copthorne Hotel. The lower block opposite has been scaled to respond sympathetically to the neighbouring grade II* listed Quayside Bar and to maximize views out to the Quayside.

Melia Innside Newcastle Riverside Hotel View From The Quayside Lh

The building’s external appearance draws reference from the industrial heritage of the site and the rich precedent in the locality, including the prominent Turnbull’s Warehouse, adjacent residential properties and historic buildings along Sandhill Road. A textured buff brick has been selected as the predominant facade material with dark bronze elements placed to echo the rhythm created by the neighbouring High Level Bridge structure, providing a strong vertical emphasis.

The building’s large expanses of roof are planted with sedum to increase biodiversity, provide visual amenity to hotel users and enrich the buildings appearance from city vantage points.

Paul Rigby, Partner at FaulknerBrowns, said: “Since 2011 this site within Newcastle’s richest social and cultural destination, has been hugely under-utilised and it is a great pleasure to be able to bring it back into use. These plans will not only provide an exceptional hotel experience for guests in this vibrant quarter of the city, but an exciting bar and restaurant offer from which visitors can savour the world-renowned sights of the Newcastle Quayside.”