We have assisted property developer, McAleer and Rushe with their plans to renovate the Newgate Shopping Centre in Newcastle City Centre.
McAleer and Rushe purchased the centre for £18.2million in 2006 and submitted initial plans for the development to Newcastle City Council in 2008. The developers have since revisited the scheme, submitting updated designs to the planners in 2015 and in May 2016, the demolition work began.
Once completed, the scheme will include 2000 sq m of commercial space, a 270-bedroom hotel and 575-bedroom student accommodation.
Due to the developments’ central location, there are 64 property owners and tenants in the surrounding buildings. We were appointed by the developers as Party Wall surveyors and generally to deal with all neighbourly matters.
To speed up the process and reduce cost and programme implications we approached the Party Wall process in two stages to encompass both the demolition stage and the construction stage. This allowed the initial demolition of the existing buildings to progress whilst the final construction’s design was developed. By structuring the party wall matters in this way, we ensured that the developer’s risks concerning neighbour disturbances was minimised before works had commenced.
As there was a large number of affected properties and owners/occupiers, we developed a bespoke party wall register to allow the developer to manage and monitor the party wall process in-house. This register has proved so effective in dealing with issues and managing party wall notices that we now use it across all similar party wall cases around the country.