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L-R: Ian Baggett, CEO of Adderstone Group; Steve Furnell, Metro Radio Breakfast Show presenter; Dom Munnelly, station director at Gainsborough House on Grey Street.
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Radio giant turns up the volume with relocation to central Newcastle base

One of the North East’s biggest radio stations is relocating to a new base in the centre of Newcastle.

Real estate firm Adderstone Group has announced that Metro Radio is set move to its Grade II listed Gainsborough House on Grey Street in the heart of the city.

Metro Radio, established in 1974, is owned and operated by Bauer Radio as part of the Hits Radio network. The project will see the new studios host the likes of Steve and Karen’s weekday Breakfast Show direct from the centre of Newcastle.

Metro Radio station director, Dom Munnelly, commented: “We’re so pleased to be moving the station to one of the most iconic streets in the UK.

“We pride ourselves on reflecting North East life in our output, so to be based in the heart of Newcastle city centre on such a vibrant street is a huge positive for us.

“Our fit-out plans include two new broadcast studios and a really contemporary, flexible office space designed to reflect the creative focus within our business.”

Adderstone Group acquired Gainsborough House in July 2018 and, following a full refurbishment, the 27,000 sq ft building is now occupied with tenants including development consultancy Pegasus Group, artisan pizza restaurant Pizza Punks, engineering company Penspen, workforce specialist Manpower and global technology company Condeco.

Ian Baggett, CEO and founder of Adderstone Group, added: “Like everyone else in the North East, I grew up listening to Metro Radio.

“Who knows, maybe the life lessons from Alan Robson contributed in some way to what I hope will be a long-term partnership between Adderstone Group and one of the North East’s most legendary brands.”

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