Communication and collaboration at this time is more important than ever and because of this DC will be bringing you a biweekly round-up of the top stories from within the North East.

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Thumbs up for Bakers Yard shipping container scheme

Adderstone Group has secured approval from Newcastle City Council for a cafe, 14 shipping containers, branding and rooftop terraces at the group’s Baker’s Yard scheme.

The site is a 90,000 sq ft business park comprising approximately 180 parking spaces and more than 25 warehouses, offices and hybrid units on the site of the former Greggs headquarters.

Adderstone Group has been working with fellow DC member Ryder Architecture, Youngs RPS and James Christopher Consulting on the scheme.


Investment team acquires property in Tyneside business park

Avison Young, Newcastle acting for LCN Euro Property Holdings (an overseas investment company) has secured the acquisition of Cobalt 23 at Cobalt Business Park, North Tyneside.

Cobalt 23 is a freehold investment property comprising 126,000 sq ft of high quality Grade A offices over five stories and a separate 171 space ground level car park, It is let to Sage PLC on a 15 year lease, expiring in December 2034.


Plans revealed for £15m retail development

Hellens Group has appointed DC member Lichfields to secure planning permission for a £15m retail development on the former Houghton-le-spring Colliery.

The proposals include eight retail units of varying sizes, a drive-through restaurant and over 300 car parking spaces.


MIPIM update from Pegasus Group

DC member Sandra Manson, shares her thoughts on the postponed MIPIM event and why the North East should be extremely confident in its talent, partnerships and developments going forward.


Approval for listed building aparthotel

Real estate developer Malhotra Group has secured planning permission from Newcastle City Council for the redevelopment of 1 Mosley Street, as well as the construction of a four to five-storey building on the adjacent 120-130 Pilgrim Street site, which is designed to be an extension to the existing building.

Designed by Space Architects, the plans also include a rooftop bar, as well as a pavement café.


£37m boost for North East green jobs approved

The North of Tyne Combined Authority will invest £25m into the offshore wind industry, £10m on a Green New Deal fund to support projects that reduce pollution, and £2m on a green skills programme to help workers from ‘traditional’ industries retrain.

Council leaders say the investment will lead to more than 3,000 new jobs, the creation of new technologies, and infrastructure upgrades at the ports of Tyne and Blyth.