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Stainsby Masterplan featured in Gardens Illustrated Magazine!

Stainsby Masterplan featured in Gardens Illustrated Magazine!

GRADONARCHITECTURE have had the privilege to work with Middlesbrough Council, and Planning and Landscape consultants Valley Environmental, to refine the vision for the land at Stainsby. We are delighted that the latest scheme has been featured in the April 2021 issue of Gardens Illustrated Magazine. The vision for Stainsby is a sustainable, mixed, and balanced...
Concept Designs started for new sustainable office development

Concept Designs started for new sustainable office development

Following the completion of a number of feasibility studies, GRADONARCHITECTURE are proceeding to develop a number of concept designs for a new sustainable office development as part of the regeneration of a critical centre for community services. As part of the clients green building strategy, all designs adopt innovative and sustainable construction methods to a...
Concept Design starts for Sustainable Scheme

Concept Design starts for Sustainable Scheme

Concept designs have been initiated for a new sustainable extension to a previously converted stables within a north east conservation area. ⁣ The extension brings ecological benefits with a living roof whilst creating a relaxing atmosphere for our clients.⁣  ⁣We are excited to develop this further and submit for planning very soon! ⁣
Strathmore Road Methodist Church Complete!

Strathmore Road Methodist Church Complete!

We our glad to announce that our Strathmore Road Methodist Church is now complete! Our designs incorporate a new contemporary intervention between the existing Church and Church Hall linking the two existing buildings together. One of our favourite features is the splayed entrance which took some detailing on site! We look forward to taking some...
REINVENTION…Site Update

REINVENTION…Site Update

Oct and Nov 2020 sees the complete strip out of our studio to reveal layers of the past – structural mass fill sleeper walls supporting the original suspended timber floor, a network of ventilation ducts pre dating 1900 and a copy of The Daily Express dated 27 December 1951 in which Kind George VI wished...
Red House granted planning permission!

Red House granted planning permission!

We are glad to announce that Red House, a bespoke family home has been granted planning permission, with works starting on site imminently! ⠀ Externally a traditional palette of tumbled red brick, slate roof tiles and zinc dormer windows has been utilised with a chamfered masonry wall leads you into the full height entrance hallway....
Stainsby Country Park & Masterplan released for public consultation

Stainsby Country Park & Masterplan released for public consultation

GRADONARCHITECTURE have had the privilege to work with Middlesbrough Council, and Planning and Landscape consultants Valley Environmental, to refine the vision for the land at Stainsby. We are delighted that the latest scheme has just been released for public consultation. The vision for Stainsby is a sustainable, mixed, and balanced community set within an outstanding...
Planning Application submitted for Downhill Cottage

Planning Application submitted for Downhill Cottage

A planning application for a highly crafted single storey extension and detached garage to a Grade II listed property in West Boldon has been submitted this week and we are delighted with the result! Downhill Cottage is one of two lodge buildings situated at the entrance to Downhill Farm with views over open countryside on...
Tanja Smith receives OBE!

Tanja Smith receives OBE!

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Tanja Smith has received an OBE in this years Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Apprenticeships and Technical Education. 🏅 We cannot express how elated we are for Tanja and what she has achieved!  ‘Thank you for all the lovely words of congratulations from all over...
Congratulations to James on passing his RIBA part 3!

Congratulations to James on passing his RIBA part 3!

The GRADONARCHITECTURE team are delighted to announce that James Street has successfully passed his RIBA stage 3 and will be entering the profession as an architect after 9 years of hard work and studying. James first began his architectural studies at Newcastle University, where he successfully completed his part 1 before going on to work...
A New Point of Direction

A New Point of Direction

This month’s North East Times features our Technical Director, Tanja Smith on the cover and she speaks to business editor Steven Hugill about her life and career. Having first started studying in Cape Town, Tanja’s career has stretched across the globe and in 2015, she moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to manage GRADONARCHITECTURE’s Mongolia office and...
Planning Application Submitted for Newbridge Court

Planning Application Submitted for Newbridge Court

A planning application for a high quality residential and commercial development in Middlesbrough has been submitted this week and we are delighted to be leading on the delivery of the project for our clients Middlesbrough Development Company. The former Tollesby shops site on Rievaulx Drive was acquired by Middlesbrough Development Company last year and has...
Our Architecture is About People

Our Architecture is About People

Over the past 10 years, our ethos has remained the same and is as important as ever; Our Architecture is About People. For us, the delivery of inspiring Architecture goes far beyond the design of a building, and we value the importance of the communities that come together to give Architecture its purpose. Investing in...
Architectural Redesign of Strathmore Road Church Begins On Site

Architectural Redesign of Strathmore Road Church Begins On Site

Works have now commenced on site at Strathmore Road Methodist Church in Rowlands Gill as contractors begin the 18 week construction programme to deliver our bespoke architectural designs. Strict health and safety Covid-19 guidelines are being followed on site to ensure that temperature measuring, PPE, hand washing facilities and construction guidance on safe site operations...
Successfully awarded place on impressive London Framework!

Successfully awarded place on impressive London Framework!

Southwark Council have officially announced their multi-million pound architectural design services framework and we are delighted to be flying the flag for the region having successfully been awarded a place. The ground-breaking new scheme has been introduced to help provide public sector opportunities to the most innovative architectural practices across the country and will receive...
Newcastle Energy Centre wins big at RICS Social Impact Awards!

Newcastle Energy Centre wins big at RICS Social Impact Awards!

We are delighted to announce that Newcastle Energy Centre has been announced as winner of the Infrastructure category at the North East RICS Social Impacts Awards. The RICS awards ceremonies, which recognise the projects across the North East which have made the most positive contribution to the built environment and wider society, took place virtually...
Join us to Support Our NHS

Join us to Support Our NHS

The GRADONARCHITECTURE team would like to say a huge thank you to the NHS for their brilliant and dedicated hard work in keeping everybody safe during this challenging time. To pledge our support to the NHS, we are asking other businesses across the UK to join us in changing our logos to raise awareness and...
Rob Joins the Young Architectural Professionals Forum Committee

Rob Joins the Young Architectural Professionals Forum Committee

Having completed his RIBA part 1 and 2 in London at South Bank University, Rob returned to the North East to complete his part 3 at Newcastle University. During the completion of his RIBA part 3, Rob became an active member of the RIBA North East and YAPF – The North East’s Young Architectural practitioners...
Our Architecture is about People…

Our Architecture is about People…

Given the increasing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we want to reassure all of our clients and colleagues that we have taken steps to ensure that our services will continue to run as normal. Our technology platform means that our teams can all work as normal with connectivity between us and all of our project stakeholders....
From Mongolia to Australia…meet Uugaa!

From Mongolia to Australia…meet Uugaa!

As we welcome in the Mongolian Lunar New Year, we thought it would be a great chance to catch up with one of our team members – Uuganjargal Batsuuri (known to us as Uugaa). She first joined GRADONARCHITECTURE’s Mongolia Studio in Ulaanbaatar back in January 2015 as Assistant Architect and Urban designer, acting as an...
Tsgaan Sar 2020!

Tsgaan Sar 2020!

As we officially begin the first day of The Mongolian Lunar New Year and the year of the rat, GRADONARCHITECTURE would like to wish all of our friends and colleagues in Mongolia warm wishes, health, happiness and success for the forthcoming year. Following a successful 2019 in Mongolia, we look forward to the year ahead...
National Apprenticeship Week 2020

National Apprenticeship Week 2020

Investing in the next generation is hugely important to GRADONARCHITECTURE. We believe in inspiring and teaching young people the skills they need to thrive in the workplace.  Whether this be through offering work placements or supporting and partaking in apprenticeships, we are passionate about career development and we are continuously looking for opportunities and ways...
Newcastle Energy Centre Officially Opened

Newcastle Energy Centre Officially Opened

Newcastle’s first Energy Centre has been officially opened and will supply the 24 acre Helix development – a central hub for research, business and innovation. The project is a joint venture between Newcastle City Council and international company Engie, with GRADONARCHITECTURE leading the delivery of the design. Having also delivered the award winning Gateshead Energy...
Aidan’s building a great career through an architecture apprenticeship

Aidan’s building a great career through an architecture apprenticeship

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and one of this year’s hot topics is degree apprenticeships. We talked to our own Aidan Scott who’s currently on the degree apprenticeship programme with Gradon Architecture, where he shares his passion about design with the NE40 Studio team. Here, Aidan shares his apprenticeship experience so far – and reveals why...
We are Shortlisted for a 6 Province Project in Mongolia!

We are Shortlisted for a 6 Province Project in Mongolia!

We are pleased to announce that we have been successfully shortlisted for a scheme of projects in Mongolia on behalf of clients Asian Development Bank which will span over six provinces and provide facilities for adults and children with disabilities. In 2015, the practice became the first British Architects to set up a studio in...
Luxury Residential Scheme goes in for Public Consultation…

Luxury Residential Scheme goes in for Public Consultation…

The design of a £3.5million scheme of high-end luxury apartments on the North Parade in Whitley Bay has been put forward for a public consultation with the local community. The site is currently occupied by the 42nd Street pub, a former local nightlife spot that closed its doors in May after a local developer, North...
Bespoke Homes Grand Designs Secure Planning Permission

Bespoke Homes Grand Designs Secure Planning Permission

Working collaboratively between our studios in Gateshead and Middlesbrough, we are delighted to announce that two of our bespoke residential projects have been granted planning approval and the team are now progressing with the technical design and delivery of both schemes. Located in the Northumberland market town of Rothbury, The Wright Residence sees the redesign...
Iron Horse begins on Site…

Iron Horse begins on Site…

We are pleased to announce that construction has begun on a development of bungalows on the former car park of the Iron Horse pub, located south to Newton Aycliffe town centre. The pub, which is owned by the UK’s largest pubic house owner El Group, sold the surplus land of the Iron Horse public house...
Welcome to our new Middlesbrough Studio!

Welcome to our new Middlesbrough Studio!

Everybody at GRADONARCHITECTURE is delighted to announce the opening of our third studio in the creative Boho Zone area of Middlesbrough. Currently, we have studios based in Gateshead and Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, as well as a number of strategic ateliers across the world where we have delivered a number of successful schemes and secured international projects...
2020….Happy New Year from GRADONARCHITECTURE!

2020….Happy New Year from GRADONARCHITECTURE!

We would like to wish all of our team, friends, current and prospective clients a happy and successful 2020! 2019 was another busy and successful year for the practice as we saw the successful delivery of a number of projects, such as the new Ponteland Fire Station, New Deleval primary school, Newgate Street and the...
Concept Designs for Jarrow Hall…

Concept Designs for Jarrow Hall…

Situated in Jarrow, South Tyneside. ‘Jarrow Hall – Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and St Bede Museum’ is a living museum and Farm which celebrates the life and achievements of the renowned St Bede and the living conditions and lifestyles of the time. The site features a museum dedicated to the life and times of the famous...
Congratulations to Fran on her First Class Masters Degree!

Congratulations to Fran on her First Class Masters Degree!

We are delighted to announced that our Marketing Coordinator Fran Carey has achieved a First Class Honours in her Masters Degree in Communications and International Marketing! Having undertaken her MA studies at Newcastle University Business School in 2018, Fran began an internship at Gradon over summer 2019 alongside completing her degree and took up the...
Great Progress being made at Newgate Street…

Great Progress being made at Newgate Street…

It is great to see progress of the conversion and new build of 94 Newgate Street Morpeth, Northumberland, a £3.5 million-pound scheme converting the existing Grade II Listed Old registry Office building that occupies the site into 12 Bespoke Residential Apartments & four new build detached Bungalows. Located at the heart of the Town Centre...
Success at the St. Thomas More Careers Fair 2019…

Success at the St. Thomas More Careers Fair 2019…

The Gradon team returned once again for the careers fair at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon and the day was a huge success… The event was attended by a mix of local, national and international businesses, higher education institutions and apprenticeship providers and each organisation brought with them invaluable information to pass on...
Haydon Bridge Sixth Form Centre is now complete!…

Haydon Bridge Sixth Form Centre is now complete!…

The redesign of Haydon Bridge High School’s Sixth Form Centre and Learning Resource Centre is now complete and has been officially opened to students! Northumberland County Council awarded GRADONARCHITECTURE the £4.5 million redesign of the School and the Headteacher, pupils and Council members are delighted to now be opening the new facilities for students to...
Falcone Terrace now complete!

Falcone Terrace now complete!

We are delighted to announce that work is now complete on our residential project at Falcone Terrace in Wylam. The project comprised of a comprehensive loft conversion, with the new space providing a new master bedroom, en-suite shower room and walk in wardrobe. A full refurbishment of the yard to the rear of the property...
Success for Pupils at Careers Fair Design Competition….

Success for Pupils at Careers Fair Design Competition….

GRADONARCHITECTURE are continuing to lead the way with careers partnerships in Schools following the success of their design competition for pupils to create a winning careers fair stand. The competition was open to students from year 7 to year 13 at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon, where students were given the brief of...
Planning permission success!..

Planning permission success!..

Gateshead County Council have agreed to plans proposed by North East architecture firm GRADONARCHITECTURE to transform facilities at Strathmore Road Methodist Church in Rowlands Gill, providing much needed improvements to the facilities for the surrounding parishes of Highfield and High Spen. The proposed plans will see the demolition of the existing central building which connects...
Congratulations to Rob on becoming a certified Architect!

Congratulations to Rob on becoming a certified Architect!

We are delighted to announce that our own Rob Davidson has successfully passed his RIBA part three to become a certified architect! Having first started his architectural studies at London South Bank University, where he completed both his RIBA part 1 and 2, Rob returned to the North East to begin his part 3 at...
Haydon Bridge High School gains planning approval!

Haydon Bridge High School gains planning approval!

After a process of collaboration between the designers at GRADONARCHITECTURE and the local planning authority, the latest approval from Northumberland County Council means external work can now begin on-site at the £4.5million pound development. Following the withdrawal of previous academic sponsor, Bright Tribe Trust Council and OFSTED reports, which have continued to seek for improvements...
Mongolia trip July 2019….

Mongolia trip July 2019….

Arriving back from a successful trip from Mongolia, Graham and Tanja returned with on-site progress updates, a dose of Mongolian culture and some exciting opportunities for some upcoming Mongolian projects. The outward flight to Mongolia involved a stop off at Istanbul’s impressive newly opened airport, a staggering new piece of infrastructure that is set to...
Work Experience 2019…

Work Experience 2019…

Work experience commences this week and two students will be joining us at NE40 to gain an insight into the architectural industry. Year 12 art and design students, Abbie and Lauren, from St Thomas More Secondary School in Blaydon and The King Edward VI School in Morpeth will be spending a week at the studio...
Sandcastle Challenge 2019!

Sandcastle Challenge 2019!

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the Children North East’s Sandcastle Challenge and saw 1,800 children from across the North East partner with local and national businesses to take over South Shields beach for what was a fantastic event! Led by four of our team, GRADONARCHITECTURE teamed up with the year 5 pupils at...
Steel frame at Fish Tank complete…

Steel frame at Fish Tank complete…

Progress at the Fish Tank site is well under-way and the installation of both the steel frame and the pool tank is now complete! The Fish Tank, once completed, will accommodate circa 540sqm of leisure, education and business hub facilities in the heart of Newton Aycliffe’s established Business Park. Primarily designed to get children active...

Happy Naadam 2019!…

This month we celebrate the annual Naadam Festival, which is to be held on 11th-15th July in Mongolia’s capital city, Ulaanbaatar. The festival is the most widely celebrated event of the Mongolian year and is believed to have century old traditions, originating from the military practices of Gengis Khan’s army. However, it was during the...
We’re hiring…would you like to join us?

We’re hiring…would you like to join us?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Our People at our Ne40 Studios in Ryton, Gateshead. We are seeking talented graduate RIBA Part 2 Architects or Architectural Technologists who are team players and have excellent design skills. The candidate must have the ability to work upon their own initiative within a team of talented individuals....
Connor Newton receives First Class Honours Degree!

Connor Newton receives First Class Honours Degree!

Everybody at GRADONARCHITECTURE is absolutely thrilled to announce that one of our team members, Connor Newton, has graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Architectural Technology! After being initially inspired during a week of work experience, following the completion of his A-levels at St Thomas More School, Connor joined the...
Progress update on site at New Delaval Primary School…

Progress update on site at New Delaval Primary School…

Work on the £1m council investment at New Delaval Primary School in Blyth is continuing to make steady progress as part of Northumberland County Council’s investment into school’s across the North East. The planned extension and redesign will fulfil the Council’s requirement for additional spaces, with the addition of three new classrooms increasing pupil capacity...
Glebe Road, Doncaster gains planning permission!..

Glebe Road, Doncaster gains planning permission!..

Following an extensive design development period with Doncaster Council, Planning permission has been granted for the development of 67 one and two bed apartments on the former NHS Clinic & Day Centre located on Glebe Road, Thorne Doncaster. Developed from inception out of the sketchbook with our Atelier 1 studio in Derry, the design forms...
Frances joins us at NE40 Studios

Frances joins us at NE40 Studios

We are delighted to confirm that Frances Carey joins the team in our Ne40 Studios in Ryton on a 10 week internship. Frances joins us as a Marketing Coordinator whilst completing her Masters in International Marketing and Communication at Newcastle University. Frances will initially be working with our Connor Newton on the development and delivery...
External facade nearing completion at Newcastle Energy Centre…

External facade nearing completion at Newcastle Energy Centre…

Construction work on the Newcastle Energy Centre is continuing its progress for on track completion in Autumn 2019. Following the success of the Gateshead Energy Centre, the project sees GRADONARCHITECTURE continue their nationally leading work with decentralised energy projects, whereby sustainable energy solutions are created for the local community, without the reliance on the national...
New Delaval Primary School Extension gains planning approval

New Delaval Primary School Extension gains planning approval

Planning Permission has been granted for the development and extension of three new classrooms and associated teaching resources at New Delaval Primary School with a construction value in excess of £1.3m. The extension project  draws design and material inspiration from the existing school and has been located to minimise disruption to the operational school during construction. Technical...
Refurbishment at Ashdale Primary School complete!…

Refurbishment at Ashdale Primary School complete!…

We are delighted to announce that work at Ashdale School in Ashington is fully complete! The SEN school provides for children aged 4-11 who are identified as presenting challenging behaviours related to social, emotional and mental health needs. GRADONARCHITECTURE were presented with a brief which outlined requirements for the full internal refurbishment of the school...
Jarrow Focus is complete!

Jarrow Focus is complete!

Following an extensive design and construction process, we are delighted to see the state of the art Jarrow Focus project now fully complete and open to customers. The community centre has been transformed through innovative design and now provides a multi-function facility comprising of a redesigned gym, sports hall, dance studios, enlarged theatre space and...
Gateshead Energy Centre is Highly Commended at National LABC Awards

Gateshead Energy Centre is Highly Commended at National LABC Awards

Following its success as a regional Northeast winner of the LABC Best Large Commercial Project, we are now delighted to announce that Gateshead Energy Centre has been Highly Commended at National level. Technical Director and Project Leader, Graeme Kirkley said: “ We are delighted to receive this commendation against so many prestigious projects and established...
Plot 5 Beaumont gains planning approval!

Plot 5 Beaumont gains planning approval!

Following an intimate design development period with our clients and a successful consultation period with the local authorities and residents, we are delighted to confirm planning permission has been granted for this bespoke dwelling. The design embraces elements of traditional symmetrical gable facade with the use of natural and modern materials. The contemporary arrangement provides practical and...
Kier win at Ponteland sees new community fire station come to life!

Kier win at Ponteland sees new community fire station come to life!

Working in collaboration with Kier Construction and Northumberland County Council, proposals are underway to relocate Ponteland Fire and Rescue Services to a brand new facility within close proximity of their current location, as part of a wider regeneration scheme of the local area . Situated on Callerton Lane, Ponteland, the proposed scheme has been developed...
Dorcas Avenue handed over!

Dorcas Avenue handed over!

A mixed tenure residential scheme comprising of thirty three bungalow and semi detached dwellings, has recently been completed the development sits on a tiered site in Benwell with all dwellings occupied in a short period of time. The technical project responds to a number of existing site constraints in relation to topography, retention of existing...
Enabling works begin on site at Newgate Street

Enabling works begin on site at Newgate Street

Technical designs are currently being developed and enabling works are underway on site to provide 12 bespoke apartments and 4 cottages as part of a redevelopment of the former Grade 2 listed Northumberland County Council Offices. Initial works to strip out the modern linings have been carried out and consultation is progressing with Northumberland County Council...
Enterprise House on site…

Enterprise House on site…

Following a complex technical design period, work has begun on the redevelopment of an existing two storey 1990’s office block which forms part of a wider quad formed development, located on the central Kingsway arterial route of the established Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead. The comprehensive refurbishment project provides a change of use to the...
We’re hiring…would you like to join our team?

We’re hiring…would you like to join our team?

Due to a review of our international business plan, GRADONARCHITECTURE are now recruiting a Part II Architectural Assistant for our Gateshead UK studio with a medium to long-term view of eventually assisting in the day-to-day management, development and growth of our Mongolian studio based in Ulaanbaatar. This unique opportunity is aimed at candidates with specific...
Great Park Pharmacy open for business!

Great Park Pharmacy open for business!

We are delighted to announce that Great Park Pharmacy a commercial fit out project we worked on is now open for business. The pharmacy becomes the first business to open in one of 19 commercial units on the development and promises to be “more than just a pharmacy” by catering to the needs of residents, who...
Tsagaan Sar 2018

Tsagaan Sar 2018

As we approach the lunar new year and the first day of the Year of the Dog, GRADONARCHITECTURE wish all of our friends and colleagues in Mongolia warm wishes, health, happiness and success for the forthcoming year.