Paradigm Property Consultants LLP
Project Management / Employer’s Agent / Cost Consultancy / Principal Designer
Thomson House is located within the Urban Core of Newcastle city centre, in a highly sustainable location and within close proximity to a wide range of shops, services, offices and transport links. The site benefits from being at the heart of the Bigg Market, the edge of the “Diamond Strip’’ and in close proximity to the vibrant entertainment areas of Quayside and Grainger Town and furthermore is situated within the central conservation area.
The Thomson House building was originally opened in 1965 as a purpose-built newspaper office and print hall for The Newcastle Journal and The Evening Chronicle newspapers.
The proposed re-development will incorporate two hotel operators with some shared common areas that will provide a mix of 198 hotel rooms (Moxy Hotel) and 96 apart-hotel style studio rooms (Residence Inn). Whilst the hotel and apart-hotel share a frontage, some common areas and back of house services, they will essentially be separate entities.
The primary frontage for the hotel and apart-hotel and main pedestrian access will be from Groat Market. At ground floor level, the hotels will be serviced by a lobby area with a small gym, bars with lounge areas, food service area and meeting rooms.
Marriot International, the intended operator of the hotel and apart-hotel, is the world’s largest travel company, with over 30 brands and a portfolio of over 6,700 properties located in 129 countries and territories.
The ‘hotel’ element of the proposals will be a Moxy Hotel, a boutique hotel offering affordable rooms with a focus on design, smart service and up-to-date technology. The brand is well suited for urban areas.
The ‘apart-hotel’ will be a Residence Inn by Marriott, providing spacious self-catering studios. The brand is optimally positioned to serve the extended stay market, whilst the mix of suite styles and strong value proposition is also appealing to family travel.
Thomson House has a project value of £38m and works are scheduled to commence on site in Q1 2020.