Round-up of major developments

A number of major developments continue to progress in Newcastle and add to the city’s offering.

The Whey Aye

Planning has been granted for the £100m leisure, sport and food and drink development on Newcastle Quayside, which will feature a 460 ft (140 m) tall giant observation wheel dubbed The Whey Aye.

Creating up to 800 jobs, the Giants on the Quayside development will span 344,445 sq ft (32,000 sq m) and will be located on the former Spillers Flour Mill site. The Whey Aye will be 16 ft (5 m) taller than the London Eye, making it the tallest observation wheel in Europe.

Developer World Wheel Company Newcastle, which is based in the city centre, expects construction to start on site early next year and for Giants on the Quayside to open to the public in 2023.

Hard Rock Cafe

Rock and roll-themed restaurant chain Hard Rock Cafe has submitted plans to open a branch in the Guildhall on Newcastle’s Quayside. A premises licence has been submitted by Hard Rock to Newcastle City Council for part of the ground floor of the Sandhill building, and permission is being sought to “vary the layout and style” of the Grade-I listed building.

Hadrian’s Tower

Luxury apartments at Newcastle’s Hadrian’s Tower are now available to buyers. Around two thirds of the 162 apartments in the 27-storey Tower have been pre-sold to institutional investors but High Street Residential will now showcase one, two and three bedroom houses at the 83-metre-high building.

Included in plans are a sky lounge and smart technology, which aims to lower costs as well as carbon footprints. Champagne house Laurent Perrier has also signed up to partner High Street Residential in the sky lounge project and is working up designs with the developer for the facility, which will be known as Three 60.

Newcastle Airport Business Park

Work is now underway on Newcastle Airport Business Park. North-East based housing developer Bellway PLC is set to be the first business to the site, with building set to be completed in June 2020.

The business park will provide 175,000 sq ft of premium office accommodation, benefiting from first-class landscaping in a parkland setting at the south side of the runway. The office areas will be served by excellent transport links, including Callerton Parkway Metro station and direct access to the A696 trunk road, leading to the A1.

East Pilgrim Street

New plans have been revealed for Newcastle’s East Pilgrim Street which will unfold over the next ten years, injecting more than £300m of investment into the city. Property consultancy Avison Young is driving forward plans for the land owned by the Reuben Brothers.

This development could see East Pilgrim Street transformed into a £200m luxury leisure, shopping and living scheme, with the potential to create hundreds of jobs. Newcastle City Council has given the green light to the first phase of the developments plans, which will result in the empty Bank of England plot being replaced with Bank House, a 14-storey 120,000 sq ft Grade A landmark office building, which it is hoped will then be joined by further, surrounding office buildings.