One Strawberry Lane

Newcastle, UK - Office

Disrupting traditional thinking in office design, working and culture.

One Strawberry Lane, a new office building in the emerging St. James’ Quarter of Newcastle city centre, comprises 70,000sqft of flexible Grade A office space spanning over six storeys.   Ryder architectural teams designed the base build, in tandem with our interiors team, appointed by contractor Overbury, as executive interior designer to provide the interior fit out. 

Client
Home Group
Location
Newcastle, UK
Sector
Office
Status
Complete 2022
Value
£16m
Area
70,000sqm

One vision, one shared workspace, one community.

The building is open to the public at the ground floor with a café and informal working areas including bookable meeting spaces, with two floors of office sublets above and Home Group occupying the remainder of the building. One Strawberry Lane is the new headquarters for national housing association, Home Group, and facilitated a major relocation of 700 employees from several offices across North Tyneside to a more sustainable location in the city centre.

Community driven from the start.

A series of engagement programmes were carried out over development of One Strawberry Lane. Home Group worked with the local voluntary sector to ensure the building supports the local community. Together, our design team, the contractor, and Home Group, facilitated seven social impact projects were facilitated through the construction period.

Designed for the ever changing workforce.

The design was required to aesthetically relate to Home Group's primary business of creating homes this was expressed through the development of a townhouse typology for the elevations. Design for inclusivity goes above and beyond, with height adjustable elements throughout and subtle zoning through the use of curtains and high backed furniture to create differing environments.

A blueprint for office design.

The interior design reflects the overt, community focused culture that Home Group support. Civic integration is at the heart of the design, creating a new business model that uses corporate workspace and coworking environments to cross fun community initiatives for the greater good and positively influencing the urban context. Named one of the first new commercial buildings in the UK to be designed for the new post Covid hybrid working style, Home Group has seen a significant upturn in their people choosing to work in the office.

The team provided a brilliant technical interior design service, developing detailed design solutions in collaboration with the contractor and ourselves, which brought to fruition an innovative and complex workspace design. The friendly and approachable technical design team were also able to suggest alternative products/specifications that would provide savings and spatial enhancements in line with the brief.

Nathalie Baxter

Head of Workspace at Home Group

2024

Lord Mayor’s Design Awards

New Building (Large Scale)

2024

BCO Northern

Corporate Workplace Finalist

2024

BCO Northern

Fit Out of Workplace

2023

Constructing Excellence North East

Building Project of the Year

2023

Insider North East Property

Commercial Development of the Year

2023

Civic Trust Awards

Regional Finalist

2023

Constructing Excellence North East

Sustainability Finalist

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