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Nappers Newcastle Tower Vision

One of the two competing designs for the St James Quarter in Newcastle upon Tyne, which will stand near to the famous football stadium of the same name, could see a 29-storey mixed use tower if Napper Architects beat off rival Ryder Architecture.

The site also sits near to the under construction Ian Simpson designed Downing Plaza and is a key part of what is a central regeneration area in Newcastle, plus other major developments like Wellbar Central and Citygate.

The project features three main buildings, one of which is a tower on the eastern part of the site with a parallelogram footprint. The tower is then split up into a series of angled blocks with each having a strong vertical emphasis thanks to the arrangement of glazing and cladding panels. Topping it could be a skygarden complete with trees adding a splash of greenery to Newcastle's otherwise grey skyline. It will be connected to two shorter buildings via a collection of skybridges.

The tower is expected to be residential, with the other two buildings having more commercial uses with office space and ground floor residential. Together they will overlook a new public square that is positioned to connect with the pedestrian flow from St James Park to the overhauled metro station that is on the north-eastern part of the site.

As one would expect from such a proposal, the designs if they win, are unlikely to go-ahead in the current form. They do however show what sort of thing can ultimately be expected if things go to plan.

The scheme is a joint venture between St James Park Football Club (also popularly known as Newcastle United), Newcastle City Council, and redevelopment body Nexus.

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