Newcastle upon Tyne has been described in the press as ‘the UK’s newest urban powerhouse’ and Caunton’s latest office contract Regent Point is located in the city’s bustling suburb of Gosforth. Caunton Engineering designed, supplied and erected over 600 tonnes of beam and column structural steelwork for the four storey office complex earlier this year. This is yet another prestige building contract for Caunton in the North East, following on from Cobalt Business Park, Seaham and Rainton Bridge – see previous web site news of 9.07.07, 22.1.07 and 3.01.07. Interestingly, this development of 100,000sq. feet is designed to achieve an impressive and valuable BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’.
The building itself is a superb example of a gateway office building with a fine fully glazed atrium as the photograph shows. It is located at the entrance of the already well-established Regent Centre which was the largest office complex in Europe when completed back in the early 1980’s. The client argues that Regent Point offers occupiers a prestigious and contemporary environment without city centre costs and congestion. Furthermore he maintains Gosforth’s impressive retail and leisure facilities are on the doorstep which, when combined with the Regent Centre’s own transport interchange, helps make Regent Point an office solution that delivers.
Caunton have been working for main contractor Bowmer and Kirkland on this project, and the two companies’ contribution has helped increase office space at the Regent Centre to over one million square feet. Architects for the project are Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Consulting Engineers Cundall.