In Newcastle, Residential

DPP have submitted plans on behalf of Monument REM to redevelop a prominent Newcastle city centre office block into services apartments

Monument REM is seeking detailed planning consent for the complete transformation of 2 Cathedral Square in the heart of Newcastle’s Bigg Market area. The application seeks consent for a host of exterior and interior enhancements, including the addition of three extra floors to accommodate the creation of 139 serviced apartments. If approved, the investment will help transform the building which was constructed on the site of the former town hall in the mid-1970s.  Designed by Newcastle-based Xsite Architecture, the proposed scheme will see the existing structural frame re-used, saving embodied carbon from being released into the atmosphere and lowering the amount of new building materials required.

Newcastle City Council is expected to review the application in the first quarter of 2024 and, if it gets the green light, redevelopment work will follow with the first apartments potentially available in 2025.

Helen Marks, director at planning consultancy DPP, said: 

The planning consent secured in 2022 does not enable Monument to enhance the exterior of the property. The current building is outdated, and the fresh proposals will allow them to bring forward a fantastic redevelopment project, which is far more appropriate for this culturally rich and historic part of central Newcastle.

Images: PB Imaging Ltd

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