December 3, 2015 @ 8:33 by Alison Cowie
Following the recent opening of the Crowne Plaza hotel in Newcastle, Space Architects has completed the delivery of a second project at the Stephenson Quarter.
The Rocket, named in homage to the construction of the innovative Rocket steam engine in 1829 on the adjacent Robert Stephenson and Co locomotive works site, provides Grade A office space in the heart of the city centre.
Commissioned by Clouston Group and in partnership with Galliford Try, construction began on the £12.4 million building in May 2013, offering 35,000 sq ft high quality office space across three floors and boasting unique elevated views of the city, river and bridges.
Set to be a prime commercial location, the high specification facility features south-facing balconies, comfort cooling technology and virtually column free, full access raised floors with suspended metal ceilings.
A multi-storey car park beneath the offices serves the surrounding area, next to Hawthorn Square which will be a vibrant public realm space at the core of the Stephenson Quarter.
The lead architect of The Rocket and managing director at Space Architects Andy Roberts said: “The Rocket is a complex development which has been both challenging and equally rewarding to be involved in.
“Space Architects has now been working on the Stephenson Quarter for a decade and the completion of The Rocket forms a key component in the handover of Phase 1, marking an important milestone for us.”
Space Group CEO Rob Charlton said: “At Space, we have extensive experience in the design of office buildings and we are now leading a research initiative into Wellbeing in the Workplace.
“Many office facilities have commendable energy efficiency standards but are not necessarily healthy or productive places to work. Andy is leading a research initiative into the design of workplace environments that support health, wellbeing, and allow office-based businesses to achieve optimum productivity and efficiency.”