This is the fourth time GMI has worked on a Dakota hotel. Credit: via GMI

GMI lands plum Dakota job

The firm has been appointed by Evans Property Group as principal contractor for the region’s first Dakota hotel, on Newcastle’s Quayside.

The 118-room high-end hotel will be created in the shell of the vacant St Anne’s Wharf office building at 112 Quayside, fronting the River Tyne.

Completion is scheduled for spring 2025 on the project, which was consented in August last year.

The contract win sees GMI Construction Group continue its strong relationship with Evans’ Dakota brand, having previously completed three Dakota hotels in Manchester, Leeds, and Glasgow.

Many of the building’s current features and details will remain, complementing its architectural heritage, while a new-look entrance lobby, reception and signature ground floor Bar & Grill will be added.

An existing courtyard at the front of the Quayside property will be reconfigured to provide a vehicle drop off area, while the first floor will feature bedroom terraces. In addition, PV panels and air source heat pumps will be installed.

The building previously held a number of tenants, including law firm Womble Bond Dickinson. It had been based on the Quayside since 1998 until relocating its 400 staff into the Spark building at Newcastle Helix.

Gary Oates, GMI’s regional director, said: “We are delighted that GMI has once again been chosen as principal contractor to deliver what will be our fourth Dakota development, and the first in the North East of England.

“This project will regenerate and upgrade what has been a vacant landmark building, transforming it into a deluxe hospitality venue that will further bolster Newcastle’s national reputation as a destination city.”

Marc Banks of Evans Property Group said, “We are incredibly proud to be delivering another synonymous for style and impeccable service, into the heart of Newcastle’s famous and bustling Quayside.”

“Our commitment is to create not just a building, but a luxury hotel that encapsulates the city’s dynamic spirit, setting new standards in style and contemporary hospitality excellence.”

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