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Old January 13th, 2010, 03:05 AM   #1
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The Newcastle "Centre Hotel" . . .







Newcastle Centre Hotel, deck level entrance, in 1977 . .



I'm not certain exactly when this was opened, I think it was 1976. As can be seen, the plans published in 'City News' are dated January 1974 (see below).



Since being a 'Centre Hotel', it has gone through a lot of owners and names and owners, with the Centre Hotel's short, but varied, history being . . .

1970s - Centre Hotel
1980s - Crest Hotel
1980s - Forte Crest (when first bought out by forte)
1990s - Forte Posthouse
1990s - Holiday Inn
2000s - Premier Inn

I think that's it, SIX names . . have I missed any?

I'm surprised though, when I first thought about it (although the building hasn't been there very long, I know) I just thought it had been known by more different names than that!

I suppose that is quite a few names really, for a relatively recently built hotel.




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Premier Inn are the present owners, forte posthouse were also owners in the past.
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Premier Inn are the present owners, forte posthouse were also owners in the past.
So, the Centre Hotel's short, but varied, history is now emerging . .

1970s - Centre Hotel
1980s - Crest Hotel
1980s - Forte Crest (when first bought out by forte)
1990s - Forte Posthouse
1990s - Holiday Inn
2000s - Premier Inn

I think that's it, SIX names . . have I missed any?

I'm surprised though, when I first thought about it (although the building hasn't been there very long, I know) I just thought it had been known by more different names than that!

I suppose thats quite a few names really, for a relatively recently built hotel.


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New Party Location?

Was having a wander around the Oxford Galleries the other day and decided to take a walk on the 'sky walkways' from the Premier Inn Hotel into Queens Square.

Happened upon the scene of a Cuca drinking session, looking it up, Cuca is an Angolan beer - never heard of it before.












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Old January 18th, 2014, 09:20 PM   #5
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Was having a wander around the Oxford Galleries the other day and decided to take a walk on the 'sky walkways' from the Premier Inn Hotel into Queens Square.

Happened upon the scene of a Cuca drinking session, looking it up, Cuca is an Angolan beer - never heard of it before.



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That s a regular run for me and it's certainly home to a number of a'hem characters. The empties are more usually Frosty Jacks - vintners and victuallers to the down and out. It also usually has a charming aroma of.... ammonia.

Thought it's a shorter walk home Mrs NP refuses to go that way alone.

BTW was minded to ask a question about it a while ago - what was the nightclub there and where was the entrance - at your bottles or towards the staircase?
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BTW was minded to ask a question about it a while ago - what was the nightclub there and where was the entrance
It was called "Madisons" for most of its life, owned and operated by Tony Zivinaris, along with similar clubs in Teesside; the smaller club at the north end of the building (though not fully disconnected) was known as "Maceys".

The entrance was about two thirds of the way along the northern path which branches off the New Bridge Street walkway between the hotel and the nightclub. The hotel also had a reception desk on that walkway.

It is a massive unit, with several bars, and I'd guess that its capacity would easily have exceeded 600.
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It was called "Madisons" for most of its life, owned and operated by Tony Zivinaris, along with similar clubs in Teesside; the smaller club at the north end of the building (though not fully disconnected) was known as "Maceys".

The entrance was about two thirds of the way along the northern path which branches off the New Bridge Street walkway between the hotel and the nightclub. The hotel also had a reception desk on that walkway.

It is a massive unit, with several bars, and I'd guess that its capacity would easily have exceeded 600.

Here is a photo of the location of Madisons, seen from New Bridge Street, in the 1980s . .


Source Evening Chronicle - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/


Here is a photo INSIDE Madison in the 1980s, Mrs NH on a night out, 2nd from left. I wasn't there!! . .




NB - COPY of this post also placed in the "Pubs of the Past" thread where the discussion about the former Madisons Nightclub is continuing

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Old October 23rd, 2017, 08:42 PM   #8
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Got a spare £3.5m? A Newcastle Premier Inn hotel has gone up for sale

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busin...r-inn-13800938
Got a spare £3.5m? A Newcastle Premier Inn hotel has gone up for sale
Coreena Ford 23 October 2017


The Premier Inn hotel on New Bridge Street in Newcastle (Image: Property agent brochure)

One of the largest hotels in Newcastle city centre has been put up for sale with a £3.5m price tag.

Premier Inn is seeking buyers for its eight-storey high, 183-bedroom hotel on New Bridge Street in a sale being marketed by leisure specialists Christie & Co. he Whitbread-owned hotel group currently has 10 hotels within a six-mile radius of Newcastle city centre , including its most recent addition on Newgate Street, a multi-million pound hotel inside the former Co-op building which opened in February 2016 with 184 beds, a restaurant and bar.

The agents acting for Premier Inn said the New Bridge Street building no longer meets the company’s needs, prompting the sale in the hope of attracting another hotel operator to take the business forward and make use of function rooms not currently being used. A spokeswoman for Christie & Co said: “We’re selling the leasehold interest on behalf of Premier Inns Hotels. Newcastle City Council own the freehold and will continue to do so. Premier Inn have a strong representation in Newcastle so this property no longer matches their requirements in the city.”

Marketing materials for the hotel highlight the building as a prominent feature in an area of the city centre undergoing significant redevelopment, with easy access to the city centre main shopping and leisure amenities as well as its position within walking distance of Newcastle railway station, the Quayside and St James’s Park.

The document says: “The hotel forms part of a larger, long leasehold demise which includes offices, health club, public house and retail units, all of which are currently vacant. The hotel trades as a bedroom business with ancillary restaurant, bar lounge and two meeting rooms. Within the hotel there is a ballroom, (200 capacity), function bar and further lounge bar/event room, which are currently unused, offering an opportunity to enhance revenues. Extensive back of house areas. There is a multi storey car park adjacent to the hotel from which the hotel has direct access. The car park forms part of the long leasehold demise but is sub-let to Newcastle City Council at a peppercorn rent.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busin...r-inn-13800938
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Old October 24th, 2017, 01:48 PM   #9
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From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busin...r-inn-13800938
Got a spare £3.5m? A Newcastle Premier Inn hotel has gone up for sale
Coreena Ford 23 October 2017


The Premier Inn hotel on New Bridge Street in Newcastle (Image: Property agent brochure)

One of the largest hotels in Newcastle city centre has been put up for sale with a £3.5m price tag.

Premier Inn is seeking buyers for its eight-storey high, 183-bedroom hotel on New Bridge Street in a sale being marketed by leisure specialists Christie & Co. he Whitbread-owned hotel group currently has 10 hotels within a six-mile radius of Newcastle city centre , including its most recent addition on Newgate Street, a multi-million pound hotel inside the former Co-op building which opened in February 2016 with 184 beds, a restaurant and bar.

The agents acting for Premier Inn said the New Bridge Street building no longer meets the company’s needs, prompting the sale in the hope of attracting another hotel operator to take the business forward and make use of function rooms not currently being used. A spokeswoman for Christie & Co said: “We’re selling the leasehold interest on behalf of Premier Inns Hotels. Newcastle City Council own the freehold and will continue to do so. Premier Inn have a strong representation in Newcastle so this property no longer matches their requirements in the city.”

Marketing materials for the hotel highlight the building as a prominent feature in an area of the city centre undergoing significant redevelopment, with easy access to the city centre main shopping and leisure amenities as well as its position within walking distance of Newcastle railway station, the Quayside and St James’s Park.

The document says: “The hotel forms part of a larger, long leasehold demise which includes offices, health club, public house and retail units, all of which are currently vacant. The hotel trades as a bedroom business with ancillary restaurant, bar lounge and two meeting rooms. Within the hotel there is a ballroom, (200 capacity), function bar and further lounge bar/event room, which are currently unused, offering an opportunity to enhance revenues. Extensive back of house areas. There is a multi storey car park adjacent to the hotel from which the hotel has direct access. The car park forms part of the long leasehold demise but is sub-let to Newcastle City Council at a peppercorn rent.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busin...r-inn-13800938
I worked on a scheme in the vicinity of the hotel several years ago and got to see how much additional accommodation the Premier Inn has that is not being used, under the decked area there are ballrooms etc along with the health club and bars which I believe all belonged to the hotel at some point. Would be so interesting to see what state they in now after being unused for so long.
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I worked on a scheme in the vicinity of the hotel several years ago and got to see how much additional accommodation the Premier Inn has that is not being used, under the decked area there are ballrooms etc along with the health club and bars which I believe all belonged to the hotel at some point. Would be so interesting to see what state they in now after being unused for so long.
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The Newcastle "Centre Hotel" . . .







Newcastle Centre Hotel, deck level entrance, in 1977 . .



I'm not certain exactly when this was opened, I think it was 1976. As can be seen, the plans published in 'City News' are dated January 1974 (see below).



Since being a 'Centre Hotel', it has gone through a lot of owners and names and owners, with the Centre Hotel's short, but varied, history being . . .

1970s - Centre Hotel
1980s - Crest Hotel
1980s - Forte Crest (when first bought out by forte)
1990s - Forte Posthouse
1990s - Holiday Inn
2000s - Premier Inn

I think that's it, SIX names . . have I missed any?

I'm surprised though, when I first thought about it (although the building hasn't been there very long, I know) I just thought it had been known by more different names than that!

I suppose that is quite a few names really, for a relatively recently built hotel.




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I'm surprised it is for sale. I'd assumed that site was for the wrecking ball...
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Centre Hotel, Newcastle, including views of rear walkways 2015 & 2017

Some pictures showing views of rear walkways of the Centre Hotel, Newcastle were posted on the Newcastle and the North East - PUBS, the Buildings and the Venues thread on 31 January 2017 on this post "Walkway to rear of Premier Inn Hotel & former Madison Club, Newcastle - pictures 30/01/17" https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=7962

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Some others from various dates

21/02/17





10/07/15



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Some pictures showing views of rear walkways of the Centre Hotel, Newcastle were posted on the Newcastle and the North East - PUBS, the Buildings and the Venues thread on 31 January 2017 on this post "Walkway to rear of Premier Inn Hotel & former Madison Club, Newcastle - pictures 30/01/17" https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=7962

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Some others from various dates

21/02/17





10/07/15



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As a whole I think this is one of the ugliest buildings in the city! The central walkway is dangerous, poorly maintained and smells discusting. It also doesn’t help with creating a barrier between the city centre and Manors with its extremely dated footbridge.
Plus who had the idea to cover the windows of the old snooker hall attached to the hotel with paint dripping effects? This is an horrendous gateway to eps but sadly at present maybe apt :-/
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As a whole I think this is one of the ugliest buildings in the city! The central walkway is dangerous, poorly maintained and smells discusting. It also doesn’t help with creating a barrier between the city centre and Manors with its extremely dated footbridge.
Plus who had the idea to cover the windows of the old snooker hall attached to the hotel with paint dripping effects? This is an horrendous gateway to eps but sadly at present maybe apt :-/
Agreed, but I think like most of EPS, we'll probably be stuck with it for god knows how long, and when they do knock it down, it'll be left to rot, or just dump some shipping containers on it. I have zero faith in NCC to sort anything out these days. They must be one of the most incompetent councils in the entire UK.
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Former Crest, Central, Post House, Holiday Inn, Premier Inn.... oh I ve lost the will...


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Another name for the list. Looks like it's either been sold or at best this de branding is part of the sales strategy. If I worked there I d be polishing my CV...
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Former Crest, Central, Post House, Holiday Inn, Premier Inn.... oh I ve lost the will...


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Another name for the list. Looks like it's either been sold or at best this de branding is part of the sales strategy. If I worked there I d be polishing my CV...
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Old March 28th, 2018, 10:58 PM   #16
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Newcastle city centre hotel set for transformation - creating 300 jobs

Gainford Group plans to turn former Premier Inn into the city's most luxurious hotel, complete with a rooftop bar and restaurant



https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busi...l-set-14467718

Be good if this happens. I'm sure most would have preferred demolition but I don't think it ever realistically would happen any time soon.
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Newcastle city centre hotel set for transformation - creating 300 jobs

Gainford Group plans to turn former Premier Inn into the city's most luxurious hotel, complete with a rooftop bar and restaurant



https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/busi...l-set-14467718

Be good if this happens. I'm sure most would have preferred demolition but I don't think it ever realistically would happen any time soon.
I have to say i don't know the details but the opportunity to have a street urinal and a closed nightclub to your east and an abandoned pool hall to the south doesn't stack up with this. There's a lot of unoccupied stuff on the same site....
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I have to say i don't know the details but the opportunity to have a street urinal and a closed nightclub to your east and an abandoned pool hall to the south doesn't stack up with this. There's a lot of unoccupied stuff on the same site....
"Street Urinal" Excellent description. for this blot on the landscape. The East Pilgrim street Master plan wish list was to demolish the collection of buildings that make up The Wall and produce something that gave views into the city. I love to see investment coming into the city center but any thing that retains this wall of a building is akin to putting Lipstick on a pig. I have no doubt that a refurbishment would improve the appearance of the building but at the end of the day it will still be a Wall a Pig and out of place .
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A strategic decision needs to be made asap as to whether or not they want the CME to be bridged and crossed and able to be 'ignored' so Manors etc becomes part of town again... or if they want it to remain as is, and block it off from view with these 'walls', and keep the (tiny) core city centre with its back to it.

We'll end up with an unhealthy, confused mixture.
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I can't see anything particularly ambitious happening here, look at the rest of EPS. I'll take this over the current eyesore being left to rot. Besides, it'll have a nice view of the new shanty town
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