Director, Simon Dunstan with associate directors, Paul Reed and Suzanne Blair.
Rebecca Wayman

Q1 2019 for North East architects looks promising with £100m construction value confirmed

With headcount increasing from 33 to 41 in the last year and many contracts confirmed, GT3 Architects is aiming to better its regional presence.

Formed in 2016 when +3 Architecture and GT Architects merged, turnover has increased from £2.4m to £3.2m in the last year. The firm began 2019 by being appointed for Morpeth and Berwick leisure centres, as well as concept master planners for a Newcastle city centre project.

GT3 Architects delivers projects in the UK from its studios in Newcastle and Nottingham. It is said to specialise in sports and leisure, masterplanning and workplace design.

The contracts that it has won since the start of the year have an estimated total construction value of £100m.

Paul Reed, associate director at GT3 Architects, said: “We had such a good start to the year. We were informed we had won the Berwick Leisure Centre tender at the beginning of January and from that point we have had a fabulous run of projects.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland on both Berwick and Morpeth Leisure Centres.

“Their community focus and desire to deliver a real asset to the people of Berwick, and the people who visit Berwick is something that we really value.

“People Architecture is what sets us apart and the fact we put the focus on people from the earliest stage of a development is a key component in our success and is frequently cited as a decisive factor for our clients in appointing us to their projects.”

Alongside the public sector appointments, the firm is also working on contracts at Jesmond Three Sixty, Jesmond’s Quaker Meeting House and Tynemouth Station.

Suzanne Blair, associate director at GT3 Architects, added: “Winning these contracts is about our regional pride. We have a national and international reach but it is so pleasing to be procuring more work in the North East.

“We have previously completed big projects in the area but 2019 is the year we can truly grow our presence here. To have confirmed contracts that we estimate have a total construction value of £100 million is a clear sign of our growth.”

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