After a five-year delay, work on the derelict Sky Building in Newcastle city center is due to resume.
Contractors today began a clean-up operation to prepare the site for major construction work, which is now expected to start in earnest in September with a completion date of summer 2023.
Simon Tagg, the leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, who met the new owners and contractors on site this morning, said: ‘It’s good to finally see some action being taken. A cleanup of the Sky Building site is long overdue and we have been calling for urgent action from the new owners for some time.
“The Council is not involved in the current development of the site, which has had a series of private sector owners since 2016, and we are very concerned about the security of the site.
“We are only at the beginning, but I hope that we can consider this activity as the beginning of a new phase. The unfinished building is a blight on our downtown and we want to see construction work resume as soon as possible and get to the point where the building is complete.
‘The Sky Building sits in a key city center site and when completed will make its own contribution to the huge shift change of Newcastle’s multi-million pound redevelopment and modernization which will take place. will take place thanks to Government Town Deals and funding from Future High Street. ”
Over £7m of Town Deal and Future High Street funding has been allocated to the redevelopment of Ryecroft town centre. Master plans include a zero-carbon collaboration center, a new parking lot, modern residential space for downsizers, a new public realm and, potentially, a downtown hotel.
Pictured above, left to right, Justin Hipkiss, Councilor Stephen Sweeney, Council Leader Simon Tagg and Christian Hipkiss, Director of Built4learning Limited, the new owners of the Sky Building.