We’re missing the Olympics and so we thought we’d post this picture to remind us all of what a great summer it’s been for sport!
The High Level Bridge…
The High Level Bridge is a road and railway bridge spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead it was designed by the famous bridge builder Robert Stephenson.
It was built between 1847 and 1849, and is the first major example of a wrought iron tied arch or bow-string girder bridge, spanning of 1,337 feet across the valley, including 512 feet across water.
The Sage Gateshead is a centre for musical education, performance and conferences, located in Gateshead
It opened in 2004 and occupies a curved glass and stainless steel building, the planning and construction process cost over £70 million, which was raised primarily through National Lottery grants. The Sage Gateshead is also available as a conference venue: for example it hosted the Liberal Democrat Party conference in March 2012.
Wikipedia tells us that the building contains three performance spaces; a 1,700-seater, a 450-seater and a smaller rehearsal and performance hall. The rest of the building was designed around these three spaces to allow for maximum attention to detail in their acoustic properties. Structurally it is three separate buildings, insulated from each other to prevent noise and vibration travelling between them. The gaps between them may be seen as one walks around inside. A special ‘spongy’ concrete mix was used in the construction, with a higher-than-usual air capacity to improve the acoustic.
These three buildings are enclosed (but not touched) by the now-famous glass and steel shell.
The building is open to the public throughout the day.
Visitors can see rehearsals, soundchecks and workshops in progress. It has five bars, a brasserie, the “Sir Michael Straker Café”, and “The Barbour Room” – a multi-purpose function room which holds around 200 people.
The Tyne Bridge is a defining symbol of Tyneside – a through arch bridge over the River Tyne which links Newcastle and Gateshead. When it was built in 1928 it was the world’s longest single span bridge. It is currently the tenth tallest structure in the city.
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead.
It is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across.
It stands on a hill overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.
So as you may have heard we will be opening our 5th Roomzzz in Newcastle this year! But do you know just how fabulous this new location will be…?
44 luxurious apartments with studios, one bed apartments and a penthouse suite to choose from, so make yourself at home. Each apartment has been individually designed to create a spacious, well-planned living area. In fact, you’ll find the rooms are 50% larger on average than comparable hotel rooms. All are fully-equipped for day to day living. And, you’ll always rest easy on our generous, comfortable beds. Possibly the best night’s sleep in Newcastle? We think so.
Newcastle Central Station is just half a mile away and St James Park the home of Newcastle United Football Club is under a mile away. During the day you can take a leisurely stroll to the nearby Quayside or visit the Castle Keep, one of the country’s finest example of a Norman Keep, situated only 250 yards away. Or go shopping at Eldon Square, the UK’s largest city centre shopping complex. For live performances try Theatre Royal or go to The Sage Gateshead for top class entertainment day and night. If you’re in the city for its famous nightlife you’re spoilt for choice at The Gate. The freedom of the city starts here.
The former ‘Friar House’ is a well preserved example of a late Georgian town house which still retains many of its original features.This grade II listed building embodies many of the characteristics including a balanced proportion and a symmetry of design which make this form so distinct and pleasing to the eye.
– Free wi-fi broadband internet
- Free local and national UK landline calls
- Free Grab & Go breakfast
- Pantry at Reception
- 24-hour concierge
- Fully fitted kitchen
- Car parking available
Stay tuned here to find out more details… and check on the progress of the build, we’ll be posting regularly to keep you up to date!