Newcastle skyscraper contracts awarded

Contracts have been awarded for a new development that will be the tallest building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The 26-storey Rutherford Street project will take place in a part of the city centre formerly occupied by a derelict warehouse, with the tower featuring 162 apartments. It will be delivered by Tolent Construction.

Partner at the project’s architect FaulknerBrowns Paul Rigby said: "Following much hard work from the development team in last few months, we welcome Tolent to the project team, and are looking forward to working with them to deliver a development which will create a positive landmark for the city."

As with other tall buildings, the project will provide plenty of plumbing and engineering work to ensure water pressure is as strong on the highest floors as the lowest. Meanwhile, good insulation will be needed to protect against the cold winters of the north-east and the wind chill of an elevated position with no other tall buildings to act as barriers.

While other cities like London and Manchester are in the midst of a plethora of skyscraper projects, Newcastle's skyline is distinctly low rise. This means the new tower will stand out above everything else in the city centre.

The apartments themselves will be designed and furnished by Newcastle-based All Saints Living, which has previously worked on schemes in Warrington and Milton Keynes.

However, Newcastle is not the only city on its way to getting a new tallest building.

Earlier this week, Manchester City Council granted planning permission to Allied London's Trinity Islands development, which will include five skyscrapers. The tallest of these will be 699 ft high when completed in 2022.

Manchester is already on course for a new tallest building from next year. Owen Street Tower A, which is currently under construction, will be 658 ft when finished next year, dwarfing the current record holder, the Beetham Tower.