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Look inside Newcastle's High Bridge building as work to convert it into Motel One continues; Work on the 222-bed hotel in Newcastle's High Bridge is in full swing - and these photos give a glimpse into the historic building's past.

Byline: Michael Marsh

Kier Property photos of High Bridge building redevelopment

These photos give a glimpse into the past of a Tyneside building soon to open as a hotel.

Work is well underway on a the [pounds sterling]12m 'luxury budget' Motel One in the heart of Newcastle city centre.

And while workmen toil to create a modern future for the High Bridge building, developers Kier Property have unearthed some of the site's historic features.

Set just yards from the hustle and bustle of the Bigg Market, the boutique hotel will retain its impressive street facade and create a new block behind, in Half Moon Court.

Once refurbished, the German-operated hotel will boast 222 rooms and a bar.

Developers say although the rooms will be "modern and sophisticated", they plan to retain as many of the period features as possible.

Mark Casey, project manager for Kier Property, said: "The building is in very good condition considering its age and history.

"During the archaeological investigation we discovered many of the bulk samples contained evidence of domestic and small scale industrial and mediaeval activity.

"I'd like to thank our High Bridge business neighbours, who are continuing to be very supportive throughout the development process, and helping us turn this piece of derelict land into an exciting new key feature for the city.

"We are now looking forward to seeing the steelwork come out of the ground."

Munich-based Motel One, which has more than 40 hotels in Germany and Austria and three in the UK, agreed a long lease deal with landlord the Lugano Group back in 2012.

The property was sold to Kier Property who are working to transform the High Bridge site, with the hotel due to open at the end of the year.

The site has been primarily used to house shops and offices in the past.

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2015
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