projectEldon Square Redevelopment

locationNewcastle-upon-Tyne, UK


Working with a team led by design and build main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine on behalf of Capital Shopping Centres PLC, Desco delivered the MEP design on all three phases of this £150m regeneration project to provide some 468,000ft2 of new retail space.

The projects have entailed the historic Old Eldon Square being regenerated by new landscaping and the provision of restaurant/retail units on the north and west sides. Double height restaurants at the entrance to a new scheme mall overlook the square, and the façade of the existing centre has been remodelled to provide glazed elevations and terracing.

New family restaurants now open on to the west of the square, bringing life and vitality to the area whilst respecting the memorial element of the square.

A new secure and comfortable bus station, with a modern, glass-fronted waiting area, has been created at the north side of the scheme providing direct access for buses to the shopping centre.

The existing shopping centre between Clayton Street and Newgate Street has been rebuilt and extended to create the new award-winning St Andrew’s Way which comprises a new anchor four storey department store and two-level modern shops along a wider mall. There are also new shops at street level.

The scheme involved working around and within an existing ‘live’ city centre shopping area which was required to remain fully operational throughout the construction programme.

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