The Palace Hub

Location Redcar, United Kingdom
Services Civil and structural engineering
Sector Workplace, Retail 
Client Redcar and Cleveland Borough
Architect Xsite
Imagery © Jill Tate

Paul Hards

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Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s ambition was to deliver a 3,380m² incubation and managed workspace building for those in the creative industry.

Facilities include a digital suite, dance studios, studio spaces, office and retail premises.  At ground floor level the facility is open to the public and offers the opportunity to view workshop areas to see how some of those working within the creative industries produce their art. Workshop areas also have the potential to serve as occasional gallery space for artists to highlight their work and there is opportunities for visitors to browse and purchase goods produced by the business owners. 

The Hub is built at the site of the derelict Palace Theatre on the Esplanade and is part of the seafront improvement scheme designed to breathe new life into the town. The site is surrounded by existing buildings which are generally to be retained.  This, together with the limited site access, influenced the structural design and solutions which were developed to minimise the impact on the neighbouring businesses. The hub is seen as a catalyst for regeneration and working closely with the project team we have developed a striking front entrance feature.

The development required Cundall to assess potential flood mechanisms and analyse existing ground levels in close proximity to the site. We were able to recommend a finished ground floor level for the new building of 5.89m AOD. This provides the new building with adequate protection from potential sea ingress up to the 1 in 200 year return period tide. This work required Cundall to advise the architect closely and carry out careful negotiation with the Environment Agency on behalf of the client.


  • RICS North East Renaissance Awards 2014, Commercial, Highly Commended



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