On the site of the former Newcastle and Brown Brewery, the Downing Plaza development in Newcastle is the largest planning application to be granted in Newcastle for a generation.

Designed by award-winning architect, Ian Simpson, the £250 million Downing Plaza development features 120,000 sq. ft. of teaching space for Newcastle University Business School, over 1,800 student bedrooms, a 183-room hotel, and extensive retail space, the scheme forms an impressive gateway to Newcastle City Centre, perfectly placed for the lifestyle of a student.

Phases 1, 2 and 3: Working in partnership with the University of Newcastle, Downing has successfully delivered 1300 student beds over three phases with a final phase of 543 beds.  The developments comprise a mix of cluster and studio accommodation which was let under nomination agreement and directly let to the market. Downing reinvigorated Heber Street as part of the scheme carrying out public realm works to create a pedestrianised link to the Science Central development

Phase 4 – The final phase: Verde consists of a further 368 cluster beds and 175 superior studios built on the former Hill Court site.

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Margaret Hunter, Director of Accommodation and Hospitality Services at Newcastle University

“The management of the student experience, including the arrival and induction process by the site team has been excellent.  We would recommend Downing as a professional, caring and committed organisation”