S Harrison Development Ltd




Metrovick House was originally owned by electrical engineers Metropolitan-Vickers in the 1930s and occupies a prominent position on the corner of Northumberland Road and John Dobson Street, immediately adjacent to Northumbria University and 5 minutes walk from Newcastle University.

The building is also situated only 200m from Newcastle’s prime retailing street, Northumberland Street.

The project at Metrovick House encompassed the transformation of an under-utilised office building, totalling 4,765 sq ft, into spacious 63nr high-specification, self-contained student apartments, including 3nr premium studios and 18nr plus studios which offered larger accommodation space.

The ground floor housed a spacious reception and lounge area with sofas, 70 inch screen television, table football, and study areas; including a glazed frontage to John Dobson Street and return frontages to Ridley Place. The basement area provided a cinema room and additional lounge areas for residents.

Tolent worked collaboratively with the client to create the unique style of the student accommodation, working hand in glove with both the designer and client to identify and understand the desired culture they intended to create for the students, and to discuss protocols and plans for the building’s future functions.

This collaborative approach enabled us to create a tailor-made space that was both stylish and practical, which brought the building’s unique character to life. The fit out incorporated everything that made the building individual and functional, including the installation of partitions and doors, floor finishes, bespoke lighting, reception area, furniture, branding and the aforementioned feature wall art.

The project at Metrovick House encompassed the transformation of an under-utilised office building, into 63 spacious high-specification, self-contained student apartments.

"This is an iconic building that’s been empty for a number of years, so it’s really rewarding to see it coming back to life and providing quality student accommodation for Newcastle."

David Clancy

Director, S Harrison Developments Limited


Newcastle upon Tyne






84 apartments


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