Look inside new Newcastle office space The Pattern Shop as part of Stephenson Quarter development

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The Pattern Shop is the first of many renovated buildings which will be completed over the coming years.

The Pattern Shop, a new office space in the heart of Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter has been completed as part of a regeneration project in the area.

The building is the first of the development to be completed with additional office and living spaces expected in the future.

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Historically, the area of the city which already hosts the 1,000 capacity music and events venue Boiler Shop has been vital for the development of the North East.

The Pattern Shop is in a Grade II listed building and was part of the former Robert Stephenson and Co works, the first company in the world specifically set up to construct railway engines.

Built in the mid to late 19th century, the building sits on the site where the famous Stephenson Rocket was built between 1828 and 1829. During the 1830s the factory expanded into Forth Street to meet increasing demand in the area now known as the Stephenson Quarter.

With no available land to expand into, the company left the site in 1902 and moved to Darlington.

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Moving to the current day, the completion of the building marks a major step in the redevelopment of the quarter with office spaces between 1,108 - 32,367 square feet on offer to local businesses.

One of the key spaces within the building. The steel columns and windows remain from its original use. One of the key spaces within the building. The steel columns and windows remain from its original use.
One of the key spaces within the building. The steel columns and windows remain from its original use.

Redevelopment for the building began in 2022 and Tim Bailey of xsite Architecture explained how tough the job was to work on. He said: “It’s a phenomenal achievement.

“The challenge with any conservation project on a listed building is to make its importance shine through when you overlay it with a contemporary nature for a new use and all the component parts of that are available to us in The Pattern Shop, whether it be the brickwork, the cast iron columns.

“Some of the changing shape of the project over its original use where it’s grown in size, it’s changed shape, all have been able to be held onto as we layer it with insulation and a proper heating system for the firstime ever.

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“The challenges were not insignificant. Some were easy like the brickwork which was robust and structurally sound.

“Some of the harder ones was the timber which suffers from decay so some of that has been lost. I’m pretty pleased that overall we’ve been able to hold onto the soul of the building in its brand new current form.”

Elements of the old building have been able to remain with 80 to 85 per cent of the included furniture within the site being taken and reused, such as tables with steel bases.

The majority of the windows also remain intact.

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The Pattern Shop, Newcastle.The Pattern Shop, Newcastle.
The Pattern Shop, Newcastle.

“This is the first phase of Founders Place” explained Pippa Heron, Development Manager at Igloo Regeneration.

“They look like a mix of office buildings but real mixed use too. We have some residential, some food and beverage leisure uses to come forward to so it’ll be a real city centre area where people can work, live and play all at once.

“We’re really proud [of the new building]. I think we’ve done the building justice which is part of our job.

“Now we can use this as a building to host events to the public, workshops, that kind of thing and start to build the community and have it as a community asset.

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