Trinity Hotels appointed Reid Architects to design a new 128 bed hotel in Newcastle in the north east of England. Situated on Melbourne Street the site is well placed for both business users and tourist venues on the river front.
The hotel is designed specifically for the Intercontinental Hotel Group and will be one of the first Staybridge Suites to be opened in the UK.
Staybridge is a 4 star brand offering longer stay accommodation. Each room is an integrated living space including cooking and working areas.
The design is sited on a prominent corner site and is built over a fragment of Hadrians Wall. Reid Architects carried out all negotiations with English Heritage to secure planning consent which included a structural solution by Shepherd Gilmour to avoid clashes with the remains of Hadrian's wall.
In designing for a constrained site, Reid modified the brand standard room to reduce sizes and create an efficient floor plate. This exercise proved so successful that the Newcastle room is now integrated into the IHG brand standard for the UK.
Reid provided a full architectural service to Trinity, including interior design, with the hotel being delivered under a traditional form of JCT construction contract.
Contract value £13.2m
The hotel opened to guests April 2009