March 8, 2021
The North East’s largest law firm is moving its two Newcastle offices to a new and improved workspace at the Newcastle Helix. In a move planned for 2022, Womble Bond Dickinson’s office of around 450 professionals will take up to 47,500sq ft in The Spark building.
Currently under construction, The Spark will sit as part of the landmark 24-acre Helix innovation quarter in Newcastle’s city centre.
The Helix development is a unique partnership between Newcastle City Council, Legal & General
and Newcastle University. Bringing together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers, it has quickly become an internationally-renowned innovation cluster,
with leading tech and science businesses already calling it home.
Womble Bond Dickinson has a strong history of supporting Newcastle Helix and recently advised Newcastle City Council on its joint venture with Engie to develop low carbon district energy infrastructure projects, including the district green energy scheme at the heart of the Helix.
Speaking about its move, Womble Bond Dickinson’s real estate partner and office head Nigel Emmerson says its Helix base “will be a perfect fit for us”.
He says: “In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Womble Bond Dickinson is committed to playing
its part in the economic recovery of the North East by leveraging our breadth of resource, expertise and transatlantic connections so the North East can continue to be amongst the best places in the UK to live, work and do business.
“The pandemic has challenged conventions of office working and is pushing businesses to adopt more flexible and innovative working styles.
“We’re looking forward to our move to the Newcastle Helix, which offers a collaborative ecosystem for public and private companies and is considered a hub of innovation in Europe.
“We trace our roots in the city back to 1786; we are very proud of our history but incredibly excited about our future.”
Praising the law firm’s Helix arrival, Ben Rodgers, head of regeneration at LGIM Real Assets, says it “demonstrates the continued demand for smart and adaptable ‘future’ office space”.
He continues: “As we prepare for economic recovery, businesses like ours must continue to invest in our future and it is more important than ever that we deliver place-led urban regeneration schemes that
our society needs, whether that be flexible new office space, housing or necessary transport infrastructure.”
Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and culture at Newcastle City Council, adds: “In challenging times Newcastle Helix is playing a vital role in the recovery of our economy.
“We are delighted Womble Bond Dickinson will be part of our vision to help people live smarter and healthier lives.”
Womble Bond Dickinson is a member of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme and actively collaborates with the local branch of the CBI and the North East England Chamber of Commerce on a range of initiatives.