Imagination is a powerful tool…

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Imagination is a powerful tool…

Newcastle is without doubt a fantastic city. The jewel of the north, it’s got some amazing sights and even some tremendous, historical buildings. As part of Week2Week, we’re always looking for new places to convert into apartments, and luckily for us, Newcastle is full of historic, empty buildings. To you they may seem like eyesores that should just be knocked down – but to us old is gold.

Yes they may be empty, but with a little imagination, they could become your next Week2Week fully serviced apartment for your stay in the north east of England. If it was up to us, there’d be no empty buildings, just fully serviced apartments each evident that there’s life in the old dog (or building) yet. So, although some of them may need a little more than a visit from the DIY SOS team, here are my three choices of buildings in and around Newcastle that I would love to see turned into fully serviced apartments, for Week2Week of course…

Tyne Bridge Towers, Newcastle

This one was in the news in the New Year for reasons other than apartments, after it was the scene of a New Year rave as the festive period came to an end. It – or rather they as there are two of them – would need a bit more than a lick of paint but can you imagine staying in the Tyne Bridge? I mean we like our apartments to be prime locations and at the centre of it all but this would just be next level. The towers, which were originally warehouses, haven’t been used in years and are filled with birds which have made their homes inside, but with a little (big) renovation, they could be absolutely brilliant apartments

Salvation Army Building, Newcastle

On Newcastle’s City road there is an ex-Salvation Army centre which has been abandoned since 2014 after the organisation failed to win a bid for homelessness services in the city. Vast, relatively intact and with not too much work needed bar renovations and a redesign inside, the building would make an excellent set of apartments, with a distinct 70s feel. And we promise flares wouldn’t be mandatory, but if they’re your thing… why haven’t you thrown them away? It’s been 40 years…

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Buffalo Joe’s, Gateshead

The former party hotspot right on the Gateshead side of the quays opened in 2001 and closed 10 years later. It’s been set alight once before so it would need a fair bit of work carrying out, but the location is excellent. In the middle of it all, but just enough out of the way, it works on both levels. It would be perfect for those business stays and is in an ideal place for those who need access to both Gateshead and Newcastle. We couldn’t possibly say if the bucking bronco that used to feature there would make a comeback, though.

So there you go- three locations I’d love to add to our list of fully serviced apartments. Although they aren’t on our list (yet) you can see the locations we do have here (link) or to find out more about us, or to make an enquiry, call us on +44 (0) 0191 281 31 29, or drop us an email to info@week2week.co.uk