September 3, 2020
Pegasus Group opened its Newcastle office just over 12 months ago, but a much higher growth in the region than anticipated has seen the team rapidly expand with a subsequent need for larger office space.
The national development consultancy is now based in Gainsborough House, a refurbished Grade II Listed building on Grey Street, which is owned by Adderstone Group. The 3200 sq ft of space will accommodate a team of eight, with room for further growth.
Headed up by senior director Sandra Manson, the Newcastle team includes associate planner Chris Martin, principal planner Emma Moon, senior urban designer Robert Metcalfe and graduate planner Charlotte Connor.
They will soon be joined by graduate planner Nick Robertson, and a new office manager/PA, who will join the team in September. Meanwhile, Birmingham director Hanna Mawson has relocated to her home town of Newcastle to join the team.
Over 13 years at Pegasus Group, Hanna – has and continues to – deliver complex infrastructure projects, commercial, mixed-use and residential developments in challenging locations across the country, as well as promoting strategic land through the development plan process.
Hanna brings a portfolio of high-profile developments to the Newcastle office and is looking forward to reconnecting with people, places and opportunities in the North East. In addition, Joe Stenson, urban design and architecture director, works across the Leeds and Newcastle offices, with a growing portfolio of clients and residential projects in the North, and plays a key role in Pegasus Group’s growth within the region.
Pegasus Group is recognised as one of the leading national development consultancies.
With more than 330 skilled and experienced staff operating from 15 offices in the UK and Ireland, the company’s services span the entire project process from site finding, acquisition and planning through to design and delivery, specialising in planning, design, environment, economics and heritage.
Sandra reflects: “Since opening our Newcastle office last year, we have seen much higher growth in work than we envisaged.
“While this is excellent news for Pegasus Group, it also reflects a level of investment and confidence in the North East that is exciting and that clearly bucks the trend of much of the UK.
“We very much wanted to be in the heart of the city, in the historic core, and what better location is there than the world-renowned Grey Street?”
Having started her working life in the planning department at Newcastle City Council, Sandra has held various local and central government roles before moving to the private sector in 2005.
During her career, she has developed extensive experience across various planning fields including residential, commercial, sport, recreation and leisure. Sandra’s past work includes the promotion of schemes through the development plan process as well as through planning applications in the shorter term and expert witness roles.
The array of successful projects completed by Sandra and her Newcastle team in the last 12 months is diverse.
As well as residential, commercial and leisure schemes, the team has delivered a
pro bono project helping a charity set up by Northumberland teenager Jessica Robson, who died of cancer aged just 18, save thousands of pounds in tax payable on respite holiday lodges.
Pegasus Group, on behalf of Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness charity, successfully applied to change the planning permission wording on how the three holiday homes are to be used, which is now likely to save the charity up to £19,000 a year in VAT payable on the lodges.
Other notable successes include securing planning permission for a purpose-built Centralised Sterilisation Services Department (CSSD) for Dysart Developments Ltd., on behalf of the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The CSSD disinfects, inspects and sterilises equipment used during surgical and medical procedures, a process currently delivered from two separate but jointly managed departments at North Tyneside General and Wansbeck hospitals. Pegasus Group provided planning and landscape design support and project managed the application.
Other highlights include securing planning permission on appeal on behalf of Northumberland Estates for residential units on part of the Scaffold Hill Farm site in North Tyneside, a 205 family-home scheme on behalf of Gleeson Homes in Chopwell, on a challenging site with a range of issues to be managed. The Chopwell site is one of Gateshead Council’s Green Belt release sites. A further appeal success was at Longframlington on behalf of Tantallon Homes. This appeal has successfully secured permission for 58 homes.
In addition, Pegasus Group is now supporting Adderstone Group on a portfolio of sites to deliver on a range of residential, commercial and leisure schemes across the region, as well as other commercial operators both North East-based but also inward investment led.
*Research by Knight Frank reveals Newcastle is the only UK regional city centre it operates in, not to have suffered a quarter- on-quarter drop in office take-up through lockdown. Despite the disruption the coronavirus pandemic has caused across the UK office markets, overall take-up across the North East in April, May and June held up fairly well, according to the latest figures. In Newcastle city centre, there was 35,272 sq ft of office space take-up across four deals in Q2, which is marginally above the Q1 total. Total office take-up (city centre and out of town) for Q2 across the region was 226,327 sq ft. This is compared to 201,956 sq ft in Q1 2020, which is a 12 per cent increase. However, when compared to the quarterly average across 2019 (234,578 sq ft) this is marginally down -3.5 per cent