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Earl Grey House


Project Details

£1m to £1.99M

Alteration to existing property, Within a Conservation Area, Listed Building - Grade II


Elliott Architects Ltd

24 Battle Hill , Hexham , Northumberland , NE46 2EB , United Kingdom

Earl Grey House is located on the world famous Grey Street in the historic Grainger Town Conservation Area in central Newcastle. The significance of the Grade II listed building and its classical facade informed the design of a new frontage and reception space to Earl Grey House. The design considers the classical proportions, symmetry and order of the Conservation Area and in particular the subtle relief formed in the buildings ashlar stonework. The principle of the design was to create a simple frame in bronzed anodized aluminium which wraps the entrance way, creating a clear and legible entrance, with three portrait-proportioned panels then completing the façade. This sophisticated and elegant entrance way acts as a wrap and protective ‘shell’, providing a clear threshold to a more lightweight and precious interior. The bronze anodised aluminium material used for the facade offers a rich, contemporary and high quality aesthetic befitting its location on Grey Street. The material has a light, reflective quality with a diffuse and subtle lustre which complements the surrounding sandstone facades. This precious finish continues into the interior, drawing the visitor in and creating a balance between inside and out. The interior spills light onto the street, and the single glass entrance creates good visibility between street and reception. Much effort is needed to create a space which seems so minimal, not only were the planning and conservation constraints onerous, but the design needed to evolve once the strip out was complete due to many complications with the existing building. The scheme provides a contemporary and high quality fit out to Earl Grey House, ensuring that the refurbished office spaces above can be sustained as heritage assets into the future. The project demonstrates a fundamental respect to the conservation area setting, delivering an improved frontage and reception to Earl Grey House in a way which is sensitive to the historically and culturally significant context on Grey Street.