Cooper’s Studios

ClientThe Hanro Group

LocationNewcastle upon Tyne

Project TypeOffice

CompletionFebruary 2009

Value£1.8m

Area1,560sqm

The redevelopment of Cooper’s Auction Yard, a three storey grade two listed horse and carriage repository in the heart of Newcastle, is an example of how a near derelict building can be brought back to life and given new purpose.

Ryder developed proposals for the restoration and conversion of Cooper’s to flexible commercial floor space which would ensure the long term future of the building.

This consisted essentially of retaining and restoring key features, producing an attractive building environment to flexibly meet the needs of business, in order to reflect the building’s history and character whilst dramatically improving natural light levels into, and views out from, the building.

Ryder produced a bold scheme that acknowledged the building’s most historically significant features and protected the site’s archaeology. Technical problems – such as how to provide natural light in former stabling areas – have been solved and the additions are innovative, while respecting the heritage values of the building.

English Heritage, Constructive Conservation in Practice Publication