Welcome to our second installment of North East highlights. As we’ve mentioned, communication and collaboration at this time is more important than ever and because of this we will be bringing you a biweekly round-up of the top stories from within the North East.

If you have a story you’d like to submit to the round-up or would like to do a blog piece commenting on one of the stories listed below, please drop an email to katy@sharpmediagroup.co.uk.

How partnerships and collaborations will drive the region’s growth

In this forward-thinking piece from Jen Hartley of Invest Newcastle, the Director highlights the excellent progress the region has made over the last 12 months in welcoming a number of key businesses to the region.

In addition to this, the article addresses the impact of Covid-19 and how working together will ultimately result in positive growth.


£30m ski centre granted full planning permission

The £30m Subzero Snow centre has received full planning permission from Middlesbrough County Council.

The indoor ski facility, supported by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, will be built at Middlehaven Dock on a seven-acre brownfield site next to the Grade II listed clock tower, Temenos and Middlesbrough College.


Forty four office deals in first quarter

Newcastle City Centre and other regional office centres saw 44 office deals in the first quarter of 2020 totalling 226,655 sq ft and ahead of the quarterly average for 2019 reports The Offices Group.


Green Light for County Durham Retail Scheme

Almscliffe Properties has secured the green light from Durham County Council for the development of three retail units.

The three single-storey units comprise of an approximately 1,500 sq ft Domino’s outlet, an approximately 990 sq ft Greggs Bakery branch and an around 1,800 sq ft Starbucks drive-thru site.

It is expected that the development will create 65 jobs upon completion, as well as 21 direct jobs and 31 indirect jobs during the construction phase.


The Catalyst achieves coveted “Outstanding” Breeam Rating

The Catalyst at Newcastle Helix has become the first commercial office building in the North East to be awarded the certification of “Outstanding” by BREEAM, a rating reserved for only the top 1 per cent of new UK non-domestic buildings.

BREEAM is an internationally recognised standard for sustainability, which rates multiple criteria across the construction process such as health and wellbeing, energy, water, material usage and innovation, before arriving at a final certification rating.


What’s next for the planning industry?

Mark Ketley, Director, BH Planning & Design discusses the covid-19 pandemic, the sector’s resilience and how the industry can work together in order to protect and support the North East economy.