Home Group is one of the UK’s largest providers of housing, health and care with 2,600 colleagues supporting over 125,000 customers across 55,000 properties in England and Scotland.
Commenting on the commencement of the building programme Joe Cook, executive director of development at Home Group, said: “It has been a long-held aspiration of ours to create a superb new head office, something that will not only benefit our customers and the community but which will leave a lasting legacy for the city.
“The sustainability of the building in particular is extremely important and it will be one of the first new build commercial buildings in the area which is being designed with the ‘new normal’ return to work in mind. We want to reduce our carbon footprint as an organisation and our new head office, with its A grade Energy Performance Rating – the highest rating a building can achieve - will help us to do that. A range of energy saving and sustainable technology and materials are included in the design.”
The building is also expected to bring significant economic value to the city. Conservative analysis suggests that an additional 700 employees will boost Newcastle’s daytime and evening economies by close to £2m per year.
As well as delivering One Strawberry Lane Ask Real Estate is also behind the £260m arena-led NewcastleGateshead Quays re-development and a 245 unit residential scheme at Tower Works in Leeds city centre.
Ask Real Estate Managing Director John Hughes said: “Breaking ground on a new site is always a landmark moment and we’re especially pleased to be underway at One Strawberry Lane which will deliver something truly special for the city of Newcastle. This building is designed with sustainability at its core and will not only provide superb office facilities for the Home Group team but will also include a wide range of community and commercial facilities for the local residents.”
The project team includes Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor Faithful + Gould and Planning Consultant, Lichfield.