Baltic Business Quarter is at the heart of the North East region's urban core, and is one of the UK's most exciting commercial developments for innovative businesses.
The project at the Baltic Business Quarter comprised the design and construction of two sister buildings, Baltimore House (c.24,000 sq ft) and The Open University (c.19,000 sq ft) which was the first building constructed on the site. The building was strategically positioned on the west side of the Baltic Business Quarter, a 1.25 million sq ft urban award-winning business park, close to the new developments on Gateshead Quays; creating a link for end users into the new commercial quarter.
The ambitious multi-million pound masterplan established the first genuine commercial quarter in Gateshead, and effectively shifts the centre of gravity of Gateshead Town Centre towards the Gateshead Quays and has since created a major gateway for investment.
The buildings reflect the scale and grandeur of the adjacent riverside developments, with the steeply sloping site used to maximum effect through the use of large retaining walls that effectively created level plateaus of development with the building giving views to the Tyne Gorge and the dramatic Newcastle skyline.
The 2nr 5-storey office buildings were constructed from structural steel frames with metal deck concrete upper floors on piled foundations. The development included a public courtyard and undercroft car parking, as well as significant public realm works. The project achieved BREEAM ‘Good’ status.
56,000 sq ft