Former fire and police station in Newcastle to be transformed to enter the hotel trade


A former fire and police station, based in Newcastle, is about to undergo a remodelling to equip it as a boutique hotel.

The hotel-to-be is expected to boast approximately 60 to 70 beds as well as offering several bar and restaurant sites, including a rooftop eatery.

The Grade-II property, which was vacated 12 years ago, is to be managed by Motcomb Estates, who will be overseeing the transformation of the 100,000sqft site.

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Motcomb Estates, owned by billionaire entrepreneurs David and Simon Reuben, is seeking an operator to work with them to deliver a high quality hotel and food and beverage offering at the prominent site.

The marketing brochure issued by leading property consultancy GVA, on behalf of Motcomb Estates, said: “GVA are instructed to offer experienced hotel operators a unique opportunity to deliver a very exciting full service hotel business together with an outstanding food and beverage offer within the impressive, Grade II Listed, iconic former fire station and police station buildings which are located in the heart of Newcastle city centre.”

Ray Minto, director of land and development at GVA said: “This is an exciting opportunity for an operator partner to bring forward a high quality hotel and food and beverage offer which isn’t currently provided within Newcastle’s City Centre leisure offer.

“The development forms part of a programme of regeneration on Pilgrim Street extending from the Swan House roundabout up to Northumberland Street. This scheme marks just one phase of the wider development with further exciting projects due to be announced in the autumn.”

The company will work alongside Ryder Architecture on the project. There is also the possibility of the Newcastle Magistrates’ Court being redesigned, however the nature of which remains uncertain and it is currently unclear whether the court will remain in the building.

If the court is to stay in the property the other venues within the transformed building will be adjusted.

It is anticipated that planning permission for the first building on that site will be secured by early 2018, with development work starting in the spring.

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