Architects develop GT3 to transform an abandoned Newcastle nightclub into a new head office

Tyneside Architects breathe new life into an abandoned nightclub after purchasing the historic building to convert it into their main office.

The John Dobson House on New Bridge Street West was once the family home of famed architect John Dobson – the designer behind Newcastle Central Station, whose work with Richard Grainger in the 19th century transformed much of downtown.

The building will be better known for several generations as it offers part of a number of popular nightclubs, including Ikon, Liquid and Tiffany’s.

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In the 1920s, a ballroom was built next to the Grade II listed building*, creating the Oxford Galleries, before being reborn as clubs including Tiffany’s, Studio, Ritzy, Icon, Central Park, Diva, Liquid/Envy The LQ Club.

The ballroom was demolished seven years ago to make way for student apartment development, and John Dobson’s home has since been empty.

Now the neoclassical building, designed and built by John Dobson himself in 1823, comes full circle to provide a base for the current generation of designers, as the main office for GT3 Architects.

The company – which has studios in Newcastle and Nottingham – purchased the four-storey building to fulfill a new purpose for the site.

GT3 plans to sponsor its growing team of designers, providing a range of facilities.

Simon Dunstan, Director of GT3 Architects, said: “As a Newcastle based company it is important that we are located in the heart of the city as it undergoes a transformative renovation. We want to be able to offer our colleagues, clients and visitors a well-connected location, close to a railway station and with all of our wonderful city facilities. on the doorstep.

“We are thrilled to give such a historic building – designed and lived in by one of Newcastle’s leading architects – a new lease on life and a sustainable and secure future. Our number one priority is a thorough and comprehensive renovation of the building. We have a local contractor already on site and we are excited to see the transformation progress over the summer. “.

Work on John Dobson House will form part of the broader renovation of Newcastle City Centre, along with the new HMRC headquarters in Pilgrim’s Quarter complex.



The building when it was home to iKON nightclub

GT3 Architects have expanded their employee base by more than 17% over the past year and the new office space will accommodate the growing workforce in a series of phases, comprising flexible work areas, collaborative spaces, quiet nooks, outdoor terrace and social space. A kitchen that could also double as a movie space.

Michael Simpson, Head of Interior & Workspace Design at GT3 Architects, said: “We have a lot of experience designing amazing workspaces to fit the needs of the new world of work, so this is a great opportunity to harness our creativity and really go into town to design an amazing space for our team.

“With four levels to play with, our in-house and consulting teams are designing a family-friendly, welcoming and flexible space. Our goal is to provide the new Geordie home for GT3, which will support our employees, meet the needs of our flexible work policy, and provide a great new meeting and collaboration space for guests and clients.”

GT3 Architects will move into their new home later this year.

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