My North East: Grahame Kelly

October 30, 2017

Grahame Kelly is a building services engineer and director of Sweco UK, which plans and designs cities and communities of the future. Grahame’s primary role is to direct, manage and develop the building services team in the Gateshead office, but also works closely with colleagues in other business units to develop their multi-disciplinary offering in the region and beyond

I was born in Newcastle and have lived most of my life in the North East – apart from a few periods of “exile” when I lived in London and Harrogate. 

The best thing about living and working in the North East is being close to family and friends and the overall cordiality of our people. 

I love Newcastle as a place to work and socialise, it has all that a city should offer but is not too big, and is easily accessible 

I’m not sure any other area can rival the diversity and accessibility of our natural and historical assets, our buildings and structures, or the fabulous social opportunities we have in the North East. I think for me though, the icing on the cake is that our history and tradition seems to have moulded our outlook and attitudes. We seem to have developed a unique sense of belonging and pride in our region that is so special.

My favourite place to eat is El Coto restaurant in Newcastle. But any Indian restaurant on Ocean Road, South Shields, would come a close second.

The visitor attraction the North East we should be proudest of is Hadrian’s Wall, given that it’s a spectacular World Heritage Site. 

My favourite place to conduct business away from the office is Barluga on Grey Street. It has a great atmosphere and good food.

The best corporate facilities I’ve experienced in the region is at Newcastle Racecourse. I do enjoy a day at the races and the catering and overall experience is very conducive to corporate events. I also have to mention any event in Newcastle Civic Centre. I don’t know how they manage to serve such high-quality food to a mass audience.

The best view in the North East is the River Tyne and the bridges from a train on the King Edward VII railway bridge. Apart from the spectacular view, being there means I’m close to home.

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