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Old December 2nd, 2009, 10:51 PM   #21
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I just googled 'Spacia' and it's really interesting. It's a company set up by Network Rail and they're doing developments like this across the whole country. It's about bloody time Network Rail did something like this on a wide scale, railway arches and surplus railway land really are an underused asset in so many places. I just wish Nexus would do the same thing more often. It's effectively what they did at Haymarket, now they need to start looking at how they can make the most of the space they've got, especially in places like Tynemouth station which really needs to have its restoration properly finished.
Thats what I have said about Metro a few times. More stations should become Hubs. Looking at other stations (in North Tyneside), Northumberland Park was messed up, so much land around that when they started building it, they only take a little, make a car park, which had to be taken down and replaced by a multi story car park, on the otherside, houses were built, this is a vast area, with many house being built, Nexus should of done more. Nexus should of bought more land, created more on that. Looking at Palmersville, all that land next door that is still empty, offices, house, shops etc should be built there, create these places were people work and shop next to metro station and that station will end up getting more passengers, plus if Nexus owned the land, the revenue from rents would be good aswell, if Nexus put money aside to do this, then I'm sure they would start making a profit instead of losing money each year.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 11:24 PM   #22
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They look very like Forth Street, don't they?

I suppose, how different can a refurbished railway arch look!?

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Old December 2nd, 2009, 11:34 PM   #23
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looks so much better than how it used to.
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Seems another tenant will be moving into these arches (Unless its the same one mentioned a short while back?).



Anybody heard of any more? Or seen any new ones open up?
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Old July 24th, 2010, 01:33 AM   #25
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Probably already been posted? i'll bump the thread anyway

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Innovative budget hotels business Sleeperz has secured a major £7m investment to fund future growth in the UK - with the target of achieving a portfolio of 10 hotels by 2015.

Just 18 months after opening the first in a new generation of compact lifestyle hotels - in the Welsh capital of Cardiff - Sleeperz has succeeded in raising funding to build a second hotel, in Newcastle, and earmarked five further sites for development.

The finance has been raised from the Co-operative Bank, together with equity funding from the company's current investors, including Andre Hoffmann, and a new investor, Connection Capital.

Preparatory work for the building of a 98-bedroom, six-storey Sleeperz hotel in the heart of Newcastle is now underway, with full construction starting this October and a projected opening date of October 2011.
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http://www.wbs.warwick.ac.uk/alumni/...S/Alumni/Board

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http://www.connectioncapital.co.uk/news
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Old July 24th, 2010, 12:45 PM   #26
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Thanks for the information. This is great news in my opinion!
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Old July 24th, 2010, 12:53 PM   #27
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Thanks for the information. This is great news in my opinion!

Yes, great news, I was beginning to think it wan't going to happen, as we hadn't heard anything for quite a while!

I am going to be staying at the Cardiff Sleeperz for a couple of days in August, so I'll let you know what it is like.
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Yes, great news, I was beginning to think it wan't going to happen, as we hadn't heard anything for quite a while!

I am going to be staying at the Cardiff Sleeperz for a couple of days in August, so I'll let you know what it is like.
That should be a good insight into what the Newcastle version will be like. I too was beginning to have doubts about it and whether it was going to end up in the "Newcastle as it might have been" thread!!

I've updated the opening post with more images and information.
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NH, I think you'll be impressed with the Cardiff hotel. It's very nice.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #30
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FAO: Newcastle Historian

The height of this hotel seems to be 22m if you'd like to add it into the thread title to follow the standard SSC format.



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Old July 24th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #31
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Newcastle City Centre hotel plans back on track
July 24th 2010, Evening Chronicle


PLANS to build a new hotel in Newcastle City Centre have been salvaged.

The future of a proposed £7.5m Sleeperz hotel on Westgate Road, near Central Station, was thrown into doubt when the credit crunch hit.

The hotel was originally set to open last year, but the unstable economic climate forced bosses to put the project on hold.

But now the owners have vowed to get the development back on track, saying construction work will start in three months’ time.

Some 25 jobs will be created when the six-storey hotel opens its doors in October next year.

The hotel will be built on the site of the former parcels depot at the bottom of Westgate Road, which has been derelict for many years.

The new glass-fronted building will include 98 bedrooms, with the London-based company behind it saying the hotel will be targeted at both the business and leisure traveller.

The development is the brainchild of new chain Sleeperz, which was given the go-ahead by planning officers at Newcastle City Council in 2008.

One of the planning conditions was that an archaeological excavation should take place after questions were raised about the historical value of the remains beneath the existing building’s foundations.

Sleeperz said this will take place within the next few months.

Preparation work has already started on site with full construction expected to begin in October.

Sleeperz Hotels chief executive David Myers said: “Newcastle boasts a very strong leisure and corporate market and there will be few hotels – if any – with the location that this site will give us. We are very excited about this development.”


ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26922187/
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Old July 24th, 2010, 03:35 PM   #32
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Sleeperz said this will take place within the next few months.

Preparation work has already started on site with full construction expected to begin in October.



ARTICLE HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26922187/
Perhaps we should change the thread title to reflect this? I think we said Preparation was one of the ones used?

I'm really pleased about this news and I look forward to construction starting.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 05:03 PM   #33
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Whoa, wait a minute..... what's that render on the right? Was that in the original depictions? if i'm not mistaken thats the same awful cladding as seen on the RVI and top floor of ES South, and as for those offset windows at a jaunty angle, where is that shoddy crap going to be facing? Please not onto Westgate road...
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Whoa, wait a minute..... what's that render on the right? Was that in the original depictions? if i'm not mistaken thats the same awful cladding as seen on the RVI and top floor of ES South, and as for those offset windows at a jaunty angle, where is that shoddy crap going to be facing? Please not onto Westgate road...
The one on the left is what will be facing Westgate road (North facade: steel/ alu, glass curtain wall & timber shutters).

The one on the right is what will be facing the train station car park, or the back of the building if you like (South facade: zinc ‘diamond’ shingles & ‘punched’ windows).
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Old July 24th, 2010, 05:13 PM   #35
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I've actually found an image from the planning application that shows what the back will look like and how much of it will actually be visible from one of Central Station's platforms and the car park...

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Pleased this one looks to be back on. I personally like the design and it will fill in one of the gap sites in town.
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I'm pleased it's back on, not too sure about the back of it though.
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Not having read details of the application to see if materials are mentioned; the Cardiff Sleeperz went from looking like this in renders:

http://static.laterooms.com/hotelpho...1926497209.jpg


To this is real life:
http://www.fergusonswales.co.uk/projects/sleeperz1.jpg


So perhaps Newcastle's will look a little bit better than the picture in the same way the colour of the Cardiff one changed.

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Old July 24th, 2010, 09:43 PM   #39
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That stone work is nice (but I'm a sucker for stone work), however they made the wrong choice in making the sign black on that one. The bottom bit looks like their was some objections and some slight moderations had to be made, but also in that picture it isn't complete.
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I know it isn't complete, but it was when I went in March and it doesn't look any different.
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