£2.6m transformation of Tyne Tees Television former offices completed by Meldrum Construction for Lugano

A £2.6 million project to convert Aerial House, Tyne Tees Television’s former headquarters, to luxury apartments has been completed by Meldrum Construction Services on behalf of growing North East based property developer, Lugano.

The development represents an investment of over £3m by Lugano and was pre-let to Dream Apartments, one of the UK’s leading companies in the serviced apartment sector.

Situated at the city end of City Road, within easy walking of Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside, the original four-storey building has been extended by a further two floors to create 28 self-contained apartments. Many of the apartments have balconies and outstanding views of the River Tyne itself.

With high quality finishes and fittings throughout, including full kitchens with dishwashers, washing machines, ovens and hobs and fridge freezers, the apartments are fully serviced with onsite secure car parking and 24-hour reception staff.

Lugano Chairman, Richard Robson said:
“We are really proud to have carried out this redevelopment of such a prominent site in Newcastle and are delighted with the end-result. Tyne Tees Television’s base on City Road was a major landmark for the city; we believe the re-purposing of the building is particularly appropriate combining business with leisure and to excellent quality standards.

“The delivery of the contract was highly technical in many respects and so we really appreciated an excellent working relationship with our principal contractor, Meldrum Construction Services. A particular challenge was the busy city location which required excellent communication and scheduling. We were delighted to complete in good time for our client, Dream Apartments, to take its first bookings as planned. We believe that, through our investment, the ApartHotel has enhanced the Quayside, created new jobs and brought a great new addition to the accommodation on offer in the city.”

Dave Meldrum, founder and Managing Director of Meldrum said:
“Partnership working was paramount in delivering this prestigious contract for our client Lugano. As a full-service construction company, we delivered all aspects from demolition to construction, M & E fit out and painting the finished interior. The proximity of the site to one of the major arterial roads serving the city centre meant there was no space for accommodation works so all work involving demolition, supply and rebuild involved Just-in-Time scheduling in order to minimise disruption to road users and other buildings nearby.

“I’m really proud of the whole job, it’s a great product and the contract was carried out with very good communication and collaboration with all parties. We have an excellent supply chain which really worked with us to overcome logistics issues and we had full access to everyone at Lugano responsible for decision making throughout the contract. It made the whole job very satisfying and real pleasure.”

As part of the conversion and extension of the building the 30m television broadcasting aerial was demolished requiring it to be cut into sections to enable it to be removed.

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“We are delighted to have added Aerial House to our exciting portfolio. Dream Apartments is a rapidly expanding business with existing operations in Belfast, Liverpool, Paris as well as Newcastle and we have plans to expand into Dublin and Cardiff in 2018.

“Aerial House is typical of the type of ApartHotel which we seek, situated as it is on Newcastle’s Quayside, it’s a great base for both leisure guests wanting to take advantage of the world-class culture, vibrant nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and a stunning architecture and for corporate travelers who want to be at the heart of the business district of Newcastle. We offer great flexibility and take bookings from one night to one year and are happy to offer flexible rates for more complicated requirements.’’

International firm, Norr, was the architect engaged on the project.