Monday 29 March 2021

PUBLIC CONSULTATION - Pattern Shop Redevelopment, Stephenson Quarter

This consultation is now closed 

Thank you to everyone who has provided us with feedback. 

If you have any queries regarding the planning application status and timeline please contact Hannah Woodall or Sam Thistlethwaite email:

If you would like to be kept up to date on the project or wish to make an enquiry about space at the Pattern Shop, please contact Lowri Bond email:


1.       Introduction:

                  a. Introduction to the consultation

                  b. Background to the development- Who are Stephenson Works LLP

    2.       The Site

                  a. The Pattern Shop 

                  b. Listing and Conservation Area Status 

                  c. Stephenson Quarter Masterplan

                  d. City Centre location 

3.       Proposed Development

                       a. Description of the Proposal 

                       b. Use 

                       c. Design and Heritage

                       d. Site Access and Landscaping 

                       e. Sustainability

                       f. Proposed Plans 

4.    Link to Consultation Survey

Image 1: Aerial map

1. Introduction

a. Introduction to the consultation

Stephenson Works LLP are proposing to refurbish the Grade II Listed Pattern Shop building in Newcastle City Centre, and are seeking your views to shape the proposals.


Located at Stephenson Quarter, to the South of Central Station and within the designated Central Conservation area, the Pattern Shop was built circa 1880 and is grade 2 listed. It was once used by Robert Stephenson as a fitting shop and most recently was occupied by a builders merchant, however it has stood vacant for over a decade and has fallen into a state of disrepair.


The property is situated between Sussex Street and South Street and is the latest plot to be brought forward on the original Stephenson Quarter Masterplan and the first to be brought forward by the new JV partnership.

The Masterplan for the area, granted permission in 2009, has brought forward the development of the Boiler Shop conversion, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, the Rocket offices and the multi-storey car park on Forth Banks. Development has also been delivered on the neighbouring site of the University Technical College (UTC) for which a separate permission was granted.


The proposed refurbishment of the Pattern Shop for office use and ancillary commercial space, will bring this redundant heritage building back into use,  whilst creating a sense of place to this  part of  Stephenson Quarter.

b. Background to the development- Who are Stephenson Works LLP?

The applicant, Stephenson Works LLP is a joint venture partnership between PfP igloo  and Newcastle City Council to deliver Phase 2 of the Stephenson Quarter development, which is key to the economic growth of the urban core of Newcastle and also to regional economic growth.

Stephenson Works LLP, which was established in July 2020, will facilitate the regeneration of 4.3 acres of brownfield land, at Stephenson Quarter in central Newcastle, building upon the success of Phase 1 by transforming seven plots, all council owned land, developed by the new partnership over a seven-year period.

The Pattern Shop is the first plot to be brought forward for redevelopment by this new partnership. 

2. The Site

a. The Pattern Shop

The site is located between Sussex Street to the west and South Street to the east, with the Boiler Shop abutting the building  to the north. A 2 storey 1960’s extension sits to the south of the building but this will be demolished as part of the proposals allowing views towards the Tyne River and beyond.

Image 2: Site - Bird's Eye View

Image 3: Existing site plan

Image 4: Existing West Elevation, Sussex Street

Image 5: Existing South Street Elevation

                Image 6: External facade detail                               Image 7: External facade detail

b. Listing and Conservation Area Status


District: Newcastle upon Tyne (Metropolitan Authority)

Former Robert Stephenson and Co. Fitting Shop (Formerly listed as: SOUTH STREET Former Machine and Pattern Shops)

GV II Former Robert Stephenson & Co. fitting shop. Built c. 1867-80 on the site of a former dwelling house, yard, shade and carpenters' shop c. 1826 to the south; the north occupied by RS & Co. as a tender shop, sawmill and frame shop 1847; then rebuilt c. 1849-59 as a painters shop and engine shop, tender shop and yard, with the frame shop retained. Further alterations c. 1867. Later machine and pattern departments, now builders merchant's warehouse. The building is now part of the designated Central Conservation Area.

HISTORY: An important survival of the pioneering Stephenson factory which made locomotive engines throughout the C19.

Image 8: Existing ground floor space                                  Image 9: Existing ground floor space

Image 10: Existing upper floor space

c. Stephenson Quarter Masterplan

The building sits within the Stephenson Quarter Masterplan, which was granted approval in August 2009 for mixed-use development of the wider site (planning application reference: 2008/0500/01/DET).

The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan for Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne 2010-2030 has allocated the Stephenson Quarter as an area for growth with priority given for large scale development in the area as part of a mixed-use site. The Machine and Pattern shop building is marked out as a potential development plot of the Stephenson Quarter within the plan. 

d. City Centre Location

The Stephenson Quarter is extremely well located in Newcastle directly adjacent to Central Station and Metro Station and it sits in a plateau above the Tyne Gorge. This location provides an opportunity to create excellent views of the Tyne bridges and surroundings of Newcastle. The infrastructure of the railway defines the north and western boundary of the site and historic train sheds still remain which, at one time, would have connected into the mainline railway.

There are several pedestrian routes into and through the site connecting it to wider city and riverside, and the wider development proposals will look to increase opportunities to improve the accessibility of the site.

3. Proposed Development

a. Description of Proposal

The Proposed Development is for the following works:

The redevelopment and change of use to commercial offices (Class E (g)) of the Pattern Shop and demolition of the  modern 20th Century two storey block to the south.

The proposal also includes a small-scale on-site energy centre, refuse centre and cycle storage located to the south of the building. Public realm is proposed to the area outside the entrance on Sussex Street. 

 In summary:

  • To achieve a light touch, sensitive renovation of the building, celebrating its heritage.
  • Through a restoration strategy that halts any further degradation of the building and highlights its scale, character and materiality.
  • To bring the building back in to use, creating a working community in the heart of The Stephenson Quarter.
  • Achieve a fit out that creates spaces that stand out in Newcastle’s current city centre office accommodation and appeal to SMEs in the digital sector.
  • Creates spaces that are comfortable, warm, authentic, energy efficient, safe, well connected and practical.

Image 11: Concept vision

Image 11 expresses the proposed vision for the project at PfP igloo’s development bid stage. The emphasis is on creating a public realm and opening up of the south elevation of the Pattern Shop creating extended and connected spaces between the elevations of Sussex Street and South Street. The ambition at this wider masterplan scale is that it is these ‘in between’ spaces that offer a unique spatial experience that offer a wider connection to future development. 

b. Use

The proposal will bring the current vacant builders merchant yard back into use through the redevelopment and change of use into offices. The proposals will provide office space across all four floors, equating to nine potential offices with commercial and office lettable space on the ground floor. This is shown in the proposed floor plans. 

The redevelopment will bring the building back into use to support the economic growth of the area, urban core and city, it will secure this building, its heritage story and distinct character for years to come with a new purpose, meeting current standards and demonstrating the value of building reuse on environmental, cultural and socio-economic grounds. The redevelopment seeks to retain much of the original character and associated history.

The proposal will create a working community in the heart of The Stephenson Quarter with a fit out that creates spaces that stand out in Newcastle’s current city centre office market and appeal to SMEs particularly in the digital and creative sector. The spaces created by the proposal will be comfortable, warm, authentic, energy efficient, safe, well connected and practical. It is envisaged that by creating circa 29,138 sq. ft of office space, the development will offer offices for businesses with between 10-50 employees or as a single let building for between 250-300 people.

The proposal will bring forward the next phase of the Stephenson Quarter development and will sit amongst and compliment the development of The Crown Plaza hotel, the Boiler Shop conversion, The Rocket offices, multi-storey car park on Forth Banks and the most recent NE Futures UTC, delivered largely through the first phase of the Stephenson Quarter.

c. Design and Heritage

The redevelopment will be a sensitive light touch renovation of the building, celebrating its listing, heritage and location within the Central Conservation Area. As much of the existing features of the building will remain, with like for like replacements where this is not possible. This will prevent any further degradation of the building and restore it to being used and celebrated again by users and visitors.

The proposals include the demolition of the more modern 20th Century two storey, unlisted, part of the building to the south and will create open space and open up spectacular elevated views through new, contemporary landscape glazing, looking south over the River Tyne, Quayside and historic Tyne Bridges from the southern elevation. 

Image 12: South building- to be demolished
Image 13: Views to the south

The proposed elevations and internal alterations show how original features to the building will be retained or like for like replacements will be used where this is not possible. 

The careful restoration will protect and reveal the fabric of the structure and celebrate its industrial character to create internal spaces with impact and authenticity, which are user-friendly, comfortable, well-connected and capable of adaptation by tenants.

The energy and refuse centres and cycle storage will support the use of the building but will not detract from its historic fabric and setting. Solar panels will be proposed to the roof of the building to generate renewable energy to serve the building and reduce the carbon footprint of the development. Thermal efficiency and water conservation will also be incorporated into the design of the building.

Its relatively unassuming appearance belies the considerable role this building plays in the industrial development of this region and beyond; nationally and internationally. This development has the potential to make the building relevant again, to provide it with a viable future which will ensure its ongoing maintenance.

Careful development of this building has the potential to promote the legacy of this site and the surrounding area and enhance the significance of this building, rather than diminish it.

d. Site Access and Landscaping

The building will be accessed for users via the main entrance on south elevation within the undercroft . A secondary entrance will also be available from Sussex Street to access ground floor. Cycle storage provision will be provided to the south of the site and on Sussex Street. 

Public realm works to create the new entrance within the undercroft and ensure a welcoming environment for users and visitors of the redeveloped Pattern Shop is created, connecting this space to the wider Stephenson Quarter and the city. This will allow and encourage to enjoy the setting of the listed building and conservation area whilst creating a sense of place for the Pattern Shop. 

e. Sustainability

Delivering a project that is sustainable is paramount to the whole project team and at the heart of the proposals. The proposals are guided by Igloo’s Footprint process, which embeds the best for People, Place and Planet.


Recognising the opportunity to deliver a low-carbon building the project is to retain and or reuse the existing materials and fabric as far possible in order to reduce the embodied carbon. To reduce operational carbon the project will be off-gas with heating provided via Air-Source Heat Pumps, electricity will be generated by Photovoltaic Panels on the roof and excess energy will be stored in batteries. The project is being assessed under BREEAM and is targeting a BREEAM  ‘Very Good’ rating’.  


The proposals aim to bring nature and bio-diversity into the inner-city, with the entrance being envisaged as a green oasis, not only bringing benefits to the environment, but to the people who use and walk past the building to.

f. Proposed Plans

Image 14: Entrance Plan Sketch

Image 15: Ground Entrance Undercroft Sketch

Image 16: Proposed Site Plan


Image 19: Proposed Ground Floor Plan

Image 18: Proposed First Floor Plan

Image 19: Proposed Second Floor Plan

Image 20: Proposed Third Floor Plan

Image 21: Proposed South Street Elevation

Image 22: Proposed Sussex Street Elevation

Image 23: Proposed South Elevation

Image 24: Proposed Long Section

4. Link to Consultation Survey

This survey is now closed but if you have any queries on the planning application status and timeline please contact:

If you would like to be kept up to date on the Pattern Shop project or wish to make an enquiry about space at the Pattern Shop, please contact Lowri Bond: