News: 5 May 2016Barton Willmore expands into landmark Newcastle offices

Barton Willmore has expanded its North East operations into new offices, in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

The national firm has taken space at the newly refurbished Pearl Assurance House – the eight-storey landmark building that stands at the junction of Northumberland Street and New Bridge Street.

James Hall, Barton Willmore partner, leads the Newcastle office and said the move will allow room for growth in the regional team, on the back of a resurgent construction market.

He explained: “Barton Willmore’s North East team has worked on a number of high-profile developments in the region – acting for clients such as Persimmon, Bellway and The Greenwich Hospital Trust, among others.

“Confidence in the construction industry has gathered momentum in the North East over the last 12 months – particularly in the leisure and residential markets.

“Our Newcastle-based team is experienced across a range of sectors and has already helped to deliver a range of projects in the region.”

The Newcastle team includes senior planner Shaun Cuggy; associate planner Martyn Earle, who is chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute North East; senior planner Chris Martin; senior planner Phil Storey; urban design associate Michael Ward; director Stuart Natkus and partner James Hall.

Together the team has experience spanning mixed residential, leisure, commercial, health, education, construction, infrastructure and industrial projects.

James said Barton Willmore’s key focus is to guide the development and regeneration of the North East as a great place to live and work.

He explained: “Our focus is supporting clients in bringing imaginative and sustainable developments to fruition. We’re passionate about building upon the North East’s reputation as a fantastic place to live, work and play.”

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