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Architects help shape town's creative quarter.

Byline: Christopher Knox

NEWCASTLE-BASED Intersect Architects Ltd has completed a pounds 850,000 mixed retail and residential project in Gateshead as part of the council's Bridges Creative Quarter. The Half Moon was granted planning permission in October last year, with building starting on site the following November by Sunderland-based Brims Construction. The development, on the site of the former Half Moon Inn, is comprised of a ground-floor retail unit, with a separate residential entrance providing access to the upper floor, which houses six apartments.

Included in the design is a sloping mono-pitched roof element combined with a white rendered facade and clear glazed elements, along with lime green column casings and glass mosaic tile window reveals.

Andrew Scott, managing director of Intersect Architects, said: "This site has remained derelict for a number of years and the building completes the redevelopment of Half Moon Lane, adding interest and vitality to the area.

"It has been a pleasure working with the developer to complete this commission."

Ian Baggett, managing director of Adderstone Group, added: "Intersect Architects Ltd has achieved an economical and eye-catching design on this difficult site which will be a valuable addition to our portfolio of properties."

Intersect was founded last year by directors Scott, Chris Fairley and Julie Booth, who had previously worked together at another North Earth practice before deciding to go it alone.

The trio have a strong pedigree in the architectural field and have already landed a lot of work within the private housing sector.

They are currently carrying out a number of large extensions across the North East.

Other schemes handled by the architects include Carliol Central Offices, which was designed by Mr Fairley and has been acknowledged for achieving design excellence by the British Architects (Riba) in its latest client handbook. Completed in 2009, the brief was for a standalone building next to the central motorway in Newcastle providing 6,000sq ft of office accommodation on three floors.

The building''s proximity to the retaining wall of the motorway impacted on the design, construction methods and specification of the materials used.

The pounds 2m wedge-shaped building was brought forward by developer Geoff Dawson and was built by North East firm Metnor Construction.

Ms Booth said: "Having worked successfully with Adderstone on the Half Moon development, we are now in talks to work on a number of additional schemes.

"While the market is tough at present, we are ticking along nicely with our private housing work and hope to be able to announce larger contracts in the weeks to come."


MIXED DEVELOPMENT Intersect directors from left , Chris Fairley, Julie Booth and Andrew Scott
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2011
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