Seven RLB staff will use the workspace initially. Credit: via Antelope

RLB opens Newcastle base

Giving itself a foundation for further North East growth, construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall UK has taken space within the Wizu serviced offer at Portland House.

RLB is looking to build on a portfolio of work in the region, including projects with clients such as Sunderland City Council, Swift Academies, Weardale Lithium, Consort Healthcare at Durham NHS Trust and the Durham Constabulary.

The firm is also part of the NEPO North East Procurement Organisation framework.

RLB already has a number of its team living and working in the North East. Initially, seven RLB team members will work from the space, with further recruitment expected.

Lucy Fisher, senior associate and lead for built asset consultancy at RLB Newcastle, said: “As someone who was born and bred in the region and attended Northumbria University, it’s really exciting to have our own office space within Newcastle city centre.

“RLB has been operating within the region for a while now and the opening of a regional office here shows that we want not only to have roots in the city but to grow our presence – creating more jobs, supporting the local economy and ultimately through our work helping maintain and build for the future of the region.”

Matt Summerhill, managing partner for the region, said: “The Yorkshire, Humber and North East region has always been instrumental for RLB and its growth.

“With the area traditionally known for its skills and manufacturing, we have had the privilege of being involved in many of the private and public sector developments over the five decades of working in the region.

“Investing in office space and our teams shows we continue to be serious about business in the North and have a long-term commitment to its growth and supporting its economy.”

Wizu Workspace took around 20,000 sq ft at Portland House in October 2023, the former base of Newcastle Building Society having undergone a full refurbishment.

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