Reuben brothers plan boutique hotel in Newcastle fire and police station buildings

George Sell By George Sell
07 July 2017 | Updated 07 July 2017

UK: Newcastle’s former fire station and police station buildings could be converted in to a boutique hotel with a range of restaurants and bars.

Motcomb Estates, owned by billionaire entrepreneurs David and Simon Reuben - ranked the 60th wealthiest people in the world in the 2016 Forbes List - are seeking an operator to work with them to deliver a high quality hotel and food and beverage offering at the prominent site.

The plans represent the first phase in a major scheme to regenerate Newcastle's Pilgrim Street area. Motcomb Estates plans to invest in stripping back the Grade II listed buildings to create a shell with 100,000 square feet of space which could include a 60 to 70 room boutique hotel, plus 25,000 square feet of space for three or four restaurants. A rooftop bar and restaurant could also be developed.

Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture is working with the company on the plans. Newcastle Magistrates' Court could also be transformed into a fine dining restaurant but, if the court remains in the building, the development would be altered to reduce the number of leisure venues.

The marketing brochure issued by leading property consultancy GVA, on behalf of Motcomb Estates, states: "GVA are instructed to offer experienced hotel operators a unique opportunity to deliver a very exciting full service hotel business together with an outstanding food and beverage offer within the impressive, Grade II Listed, iconic former fire station and police station buildings which are located in the heart of Newcastle city centre.
"Our clients are prepared to offer interested parties a shell and core building to lease subject to agreement. Our clients and their advisors have held preliminary discussions with Newcastle City Council, planning and heritage and urban design officers responding for development within this portion of the city with a view to developing and converting these Grade II Listed buildings."

Ray Minto, director of land and development at GVA said: "This is an exciting opportunity for an operator partner to bring forward a high quality hotel and food and beverage offer which isn't currently provided within Newcastle's City Centre leisure offer. The development forms part of a programme of regeneration on Pilgrim Street extending from the Swan House roundabout up to Northumberland Street. This scheme marks just one phase of the wider development with further exciting projects due to be announced in the autumn."

The site is based within the East Pilgrim Street masterplan area, which is owned solely by Motcomb Estates and includes the former Odeon cinema site.

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