Hadrian's Tower is a bold regeneration scheme which challenges the existing pattern of city centre residential development in Newcastle upon Tyne.
The project comprised the construction of Newcastle’s tallest building, Hadrian’s Tower on behalf of The High Street Group. Following a 30-month build programme, the 26-storey luxury high-rise mixed-use development in the heart of Newcastle was handed over, with more than 60% of the apartments already sold or let at the point of handover.
The development included 160 units which comprised a mix of studio, one and two-bedroom apartments and three spacious three-bedroom penthouse suites. Hadrian’s Tower offers 134,000 sq ft of modern living space a 4,300 sq ft rooftop sky bar and coffee house on the 27th floor.
The scheme has redeveloped and in turn transformed the dilapidated city centre brownfield site into a high-quality pedestrian route into the city centre.
Each fully-equipped apartment has stunning floor to ceiling windows looking out across the Newcastle skyline, fully-fitted kitchens with appliances and smart heating. Tolent delivered a turn-key solution including the fit-out of the fully-furnished high-specification apartments and sky bar ‘3SIXTY’ on the top floor of the development which offered views of Newcastle, while a mezzanine floor is home to a coffee house, Hadrian’s & Co.
Standing at 83 metres, at the time of construction Hadrian’s Tower set the record as the city’s tallest building constructed on continuous flight auger piles and reinforced concrete pile caps. The reinforced concrete frame building had a visually striking façade comprising masonry, a steel framing system and unitised glazing to the first six storeys and from level seven upwards unitised glazing and a mixture of anodised aluminium panels and fins with glass which had an integral fritted glazing bar inside the glass unit. The edge detail of the facade was complex, omitting transoms and spandrels to hide the slab edge.
Tolent was responsible for the development of the design and took the project from RIBA Stage 2 concept design drawings following the project brief being approved by the client right through to the spatial coordination, technical design, manufacturing and construction to handover. When Tolent was appointed as principal contractor, we prepared the architectural concept incorporating the strategic engineering requirements and aligned them to the outline specification, undertaking design reviews with the client and the architect to prepare the stage design programme.
Unitised Glazing System
Tolent worked with the design team to achieve a façade design which accommodated the architect’s ambition for stepped “saw toothed” north and south elevations and developed a concept design of a unitised glazing system made in Kiev, Ukraine, using components from all over Europe (including Belgium, Poland & Belarus).
One of the key challenges to overcome was installing c.75,350 sq ft of glazing the building required to the tight site. As the site was sandwiched between two existing buildings, there was no space for scaffolding or mast climbers. Our solution was to adopt an installation method which involved hanging the off-site manufactured glazing units from the floor slab edges to install them to the building, utilising a floor.
3Sxity Sky Bar
Early in the design development, Tolent re-designed the scheme to incorporate another floor to accommodate the sky bar, providing multiple benefits and adding another stream of revenue for the developer.
The initial design of the tower was one metre lower than the planning restriction, allowing us to extend the building vertically by one metre, in addition to reducing each floor height by 75mm over the original 25 storeys to accrue 2.5m and allowing for an additional floor. Tolent demonstrated our flexibility throughout this process and re-engaged with the planners to achieve sign-off for the incorporation of the additional floor which enhanced the commercial value of the development as well as provided a high-quality leisure space for residents and the public.
"Hadrians Tower is our flag ship scheme in the North East and it has been an absolute pleasure working with Tolent on it from start to finish. The scheme looks exceptional and the team should be very proud."
"One of the most significant housing investments undertaken in Newcastle City. It will bring many millions of pounds of inward investment to the city and result in a more diverse residential community adding to the vibrancy of the city centre economy."
Managing Director, Citygrove Securities
Newcastle upon Tyne