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SES Engineering Services appointed to Newcastle’s £20 million One Strawberry Lane development

An engineering firm is supporting a £20 million city centre development.

SES Engineering Services (SES) is working on Newcastle’s One Strawberry Lane.

The scheme will become the new six-storey headquarters for housing association Home Group and a support hub for the city’s voluntary sector.

Bosses say North Shields-based SES is installing a hybrid heat recovery system, an air source heat pump for producing domestic hot water and roof-mounted photovoltaics.

Work has started on site, with a handover planned for May next year.

Steve Joyce, SES’ managing director, said: “We have an excellent track record for delivering projects of this calibre and are delighted with our appointment to this major development, which will add the finishing touches to this busy commercial quarter of the city.

“It is a project in which sustainability particularly will be extremely important, with exacting performance standards we must achieve.

“The completed building will go some way to helping Newcastle City Council achieve its ambitious net-zero target by 2030.”

Steve added that during the first stage of the tender process, SES partnered with developer Ask Real Estate and principal contractor BAM to provide cost advice and buildability support.

Following confirmation of Ask as preferred developer, SES was appointed to provide a full range of mechanical, electrical and plumbing services design, with consultant CAD 21 delivering the design on its behalf.

Tony Fitzgerald, construction director for BAM in the North East, added: “Building One Strawberry Lane for Home Group is the latest chapter in our long history of delivering some of the region’s finest buildings.

“We have created industry-leading safety standards for our construction teams and with the tight city centre footprint and its location adjacent to the Nexus Metro tunnel, we have used our digital experience and tools to safely design and plan the works.”

Home Group’s new city centre building has been designed by Newcastle’s Ryder Architecture.