Wednesday, 6 November 2013

To Make The Stone Stoney

Today's xsite is Anna...

‘To make the stone stoney’ is a series of interactive discussions events, based at our events venue Ouse Street Arts Club, related to the long-term research partnership between artist Nicola Singh and our own Tim Bailey, commissioned by Wunderbar.

Curated under a collection of themes by Nicola Singh, the events aim to generate discussion that reflects upon and challenges the archive of work created through this partnership and which also looks to future collaborations.

Each event will include an introduction to the work, group discussion and a short exercise that aims to further explore the value of thinking with and through movement and sound in relation to the built environment.

Wednesday 20 November
space; place; scale; negotiation; private; public; permission; protest; ownership; governance; structure; substance; signs; symbols;

Wednesday 27 November
performer; spectator; absence; non-participation; aesthetics; ethics; discomfort; the act of seeing; the experience of being seen;

Wednesday 4 December
improvisation; instruction; spectacle; collectivity; synchronicity; thought; posture; action; gesture; rhythm; labour; move; be moved;

Wednesday 11 December
head; shoulders; knees & toes; length; depth; breadth; height;

Documentation of previous work will also be exhibited as part of the events.

Each event will take place between 6pm – 8pm on the above dates, at Ouse Street Arts Club, Ouse Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PF. Tickets are £4 for each event or £12 for all four, price includes a limited edition print. Refreshments will be provided. Please note that the events have a very limited capacity.

Tickets available at:

For further information or if you have any queries please contact:

Friday, 1 November 2013

Green Lane, Durham

Today's xsite is Anna...

Our student housing scheme on Green Lane is recently complete, and now a new home to students of Durham. There are 112 studio flats overlooking The Wear, each with its own kitchen and bathroom.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Ouse Street General Store

Today's xsite is Anna...

Ouse Street General Store has been open, at Ouse Street Arts Club, since last Friday, we have had a lot of people through the doors, sold quite a bit and enjoyed being shop keepers! We are still open all day today and 9-5pm on Saturday so if you haven't been along yet try and pop in!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Ouse Street General Store

Today's xsite is Anna...

We will be opening our events space Ouse Street Arts Club as ‘Ouse Street General Store’ from 11th – 20th October as part of Northern Design Festival, please make sure you pop by!

The corner shop, not just a place to pick up a pint of milk and The Chronicle, but a place central to our sense of community and our collective memory. Not just purveyors of essential provisions but a place to bump into neighbours, to pick up gossip and central to our sense of living somewhere.
Overshadowed by the supermarkets and seldom the first thought on a property developer’s mind the humble corner shop’s future is far from secure.

Ouse Street Arts Club sits at the heart of Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley where an industrial past sits alongside a creative present and JCBs are preparing the ground for major residentially led regeneration with the aim of creating a sustainable urban village.

It is in this context that Ouse Street General Stores will open its doors for Northern Design Festival 2013.

Presenting curated shelves full of work from over 30 North East and national designers, artists and makers Ouse Street General Stores will be your local cultural 7-Eleven.  It’s ‘Open all hours’ meets ‘Etsy’ and you won’t go short of that pint of milk.

Opening Hours
11 – 20th October 9am – 5pm
Preview Friday 11th 5.30-7.30pm
Closed Sundays

Monday, 9 September 2013

We're recruiting...

Today's xsite is Anna...

We are looking to recruit an architect for our Newcastle studio. We have an excellent crop of work in prospect and we will need good, self motivated experience with sound technical and organisational skills.

Please email your CV to Tim Bailey explaining both what you can offer us and what we can offer you. There isn't a closing date so the sooner you contact us the better as we are looking for the right person to start as soon as possible.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Photos from The Hub

Today's xsite is Anna...

We're had some images back from Jill Tate of our recently completed project The Hub in Redcar. Take a look...

Monday, 5 August 2013

Ainsley Street Student Accommodation On Site

Today's xsite is Nita...

This is our second bespoke student accommodation facility in Durham, together with developer Connislow and construction partner BAM. The project has been on site for just over a month and is due for completion in late summer 2014.

The design takes its cues from traditional brick buildings in Durham, featuring pitched roofs, brick corbelling and vertically proportioned windows. The buildings are formed around two landscaped courtyards, which face onto the surrounding Flass Vale woodland.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Ouseburn Festival - This weekend

Today's xsite is Anna...

This weekend sees the return of the Ouseburn Festival to the valley. There is loads going on all weekend, we will have our events space Ouse Street Arts Club open all day Sunday for coffee and cocktails from the Ouseburn Coffee Company, and the rest of Ouse Street will be packed with food and drink stalls from 11am - 5pm. Come along and feast on street food, bbq, pies, pickles, wines, cakes, veg, bread, cheese and loads more...

Elsewhere in the valley on the Sunday there are rides, boat trips, duck races, parades, tours, exhibitions, markets stalls, face painting and loads more...

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Brasserie Hudson Quay completed

Today's xsite is Robin... 

Our latest restaurant and cafe project has just been completed. Located in Middlesbrough’s Middlehaven district adjacent to the Riverside Stadium, Brasserie Hudson Quay offers all day high-quality food and drink for up to 100 seats.

The Brasserie will be open from 6th July with bookings available to be taken now: Visit to make a reservation.

From the website:

“Brasserie Hudson Quay has been designed to recall the Grand European Cafes of France, Spain and Italy, providing a unique dining experience in a luxurious yet contemporary setting.

The style and ambience is distinctly European, providing an experience normally reserved for capital cities. In this respect, the Brasserie is exceptional and unique to the Greater Teesside area. Opening until late into the evening, the Brasserie is a destination venue offering a complete evening out, where customers can look out over the waters of Middlehaven inlet, chat with friends and relax against a background of chilled lounge music.

Based primarily on Classical French, Spanish and Italian cooking, Brasserie Hudson Quay offers a combination of style which predominates throughout Europe's Grand Cafes and Brasseries, where the most popular dishes from all of the countries have merged.”

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Student Housing nearing completion

Today's xsite is Mal...

‘Elvet Studios’, the first of 2 student housing projects in Durham for developers Connislow, is nearing completion.  

The scheme, comprising 112 self-contained studio flats (each with their own kitchen and bathroom) is clad in local brown brick, off-white render and larch.  The accommodation will be open to students for the new term in September. Views out over playing fields and across The Wear are stunning!  

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Newcastle University Exhibition

Today's xsite is Louise...

Newcastle university - Architecture, Planning & Landscape, held their annual exhibition on Friday 14th June. An event enjoyed by many, showcased the culminating years work and research of the students. Held within the department, the venue allowed the work to be displayed in a variety of exciting ways.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

'Snug' Pop Up Sewing Cafe

Today's xsite is Anna...

This weekend sees the next exciting event at our new venue Ouse Street Arts Club. 'Snug' Pop Up Sewing Cafe will be running all weekend serving up cake and coffee alongside sewing workshops each day. Pop along and have a look or book onto one of their classes via the details below...

Monday, 13 May 2013

This Weekend...

 Today's xsite is Anna...

Fancy a cocktail down the arcade?

This weekend our new venue Ouse Street Arts Club will be transformed into a retro games arcade with a bar, cocktails from Ouseburn Coffee Company, music, food from Riley's Fish Shack, ping pong and leaderboards... Come down and have a go!

Ouse Street, Newcastle, NE1 2PF

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Palace Hub Micro Offices

Today's xsite is Nita...

A side project fitting out one of the larger office at the Palace Hub has just been completed. The Micro Offices are designed with start up businesses in mind- each office is big enough for 1-2 people. Companies letting a micro office can have an affordable address at the Hub with similar companies as neighbours, moving into the bigger offices as their businesses grow. The Micro Offices have their own break out spaces and meeting areas, formed by the spaces between the offices.

The panels forming the fitout were largely prefabricated in the factory then assembled on site. They consist of a timber frame clad alternatively with timber battens, birch faced ply and corrugated polycarbonate.

We are thrilled with how they’ve turned out and look forward to seeing them fully furnished and occupied.

Photography by Andrew Hogg
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