The Gateshead Old Town Hall Quarter comprises The Old Town Hall, Swinburne House, single storey office accommodation to Nelson Street and car parking to Nelson Street and Swinburne Street.
The Old Town Hall:
Gateshead Old Town Hall is the former Victorian civic headquarters of Gateshead borough. The building is typical Victorian style being aesthetically grand and comprising detailed attractive articulated sandstone with brick and stone elevations and slate roofs.
The building faces west onto a large rectangular space which slopes down to the north, this space also contains the clock tower. To the north and west of the building area cleared plots currently used as car parks containing circa 50 spaces each, and to the south is the former dispensary, a Georgian house in grounds on a raised plot.
The building is arranged over part single and part double storey with access provided from West Street and Swinburne Street.
Internally there is a stairwell in each quarter of the building and a grand staircase to the front. The building also contains a lift which was added in 2008.
At present the Council are partly in occupation of the building, however the building is offered with vacant possession.
Swinburne House is aesthetically similar to the grand Old Town Hall and comprises four adjoining buildings which face north off Swinburne Street, with a return also onto Swinburne Place, and a back lane to the rear.
The buildings were previously used as a bank, a building society, a public library and post office. The buildings date from the Victorian period with the former Post Office also housing a twentieth century extension. The buildings vary between two and three storeys and some also contain a basement.
All four buildings have now been knocked through to create one large building, however all four original entrances are still present.
At present there are some tenancies in place, for further information see the relating documents within the Data Room.
To the south side of the site is Nelson Street where there are currently some small single storey former office buildings comprising brick elevations and surmounted by a flat roof.
Associated parking is also provided immediately east of the buildings.