|Size||26,910 SF (2,500 SM)|
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Sleeperz Hotel is located on one of the busiest roads in Newcastle, right beside the active main rail line between Edinburgh and London, creating complex, potentially expensive and problematic development challenges. NORR’s design team worked with city planners and conservation officers to develop a scheme that would transform this long-derelict and seemingly undevelopable site into a high quality, 98-room hotel.
The key to its success was to optimize the number of rooms into the massing constraints of a previously approved plan. NORR worked with the main contractor to develop a viable construction sequence. A pre-fabricated structural solution was introduced to minimize the impact of construction to an adjacent site, including the live railway line. The completed project works with the scale and character of the street. The historically-listed stone railway viaduct was incorporated into the design of the front of house which features a tall top-lit atrium, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. For the compact guest rooms, NORR took inspiration from railway sleeping cars and vintage ship cabins to design a distinctive mix of luxury and spatial economy. Full-height, diagonally aligned windows are slightly inclined to take advantage of views to Newcastle’s famous landmarks. NORR’s clever design has made Sleeperz Newcastle a popular destination that, since opening, has enlivened the entire neighborhood and been a catalyst to wider redevelopment.
- 2012 Royal Institute of British Architects Award of Excellence, RIBA Hadrian Awards
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