Yorkshire’s GMI Construction seals deal to build North East’s first Dakota Hotel

Yorkshire based GMI Construction Group has sealed a significant deal to convert offices on Newcastle Quayside into the region’s first Dakota Hotel.

Dakota Hotels is taking over the empty St Ann’s Wharf at 112 Quayside and reopening it as a boutique 118-bedroom hotel, with a ground-floor bar and grill area overlooking the riverside promenade. The building at St Ann’s Wharf has previously provided offices for firms including Womble Bond Dickinson, which had been based on the Quayside since 1998 until moving its 400-plus North East workforce into the Spark building at Newcastle Helix.

Now Leeds business GMI Construction is set to start work on the conversion of the building, which is scheduled for completion in Spring 2025 The firm said the development will generate 150 new jobs and provide an additional 65,000 visitor nights per year, creating an estimated £1.5m boost to the local economy.

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The contract win continues GMI Construction Group’s relationship with the leisure firm, having previously completed three Dakota Hotels in Manchester, Leeds, and Glasgow. The UK hotel chain, which also has hotels in Edinburgh and Motherwell, regularly welcomes celebrity guests including the likes of Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The hotel will retain much of the building’s current features and details, with a new look entrance lobby, reception and signature ground floor bar and grill. An existing courtyard at the front will be reconfigured to provide a vehicle drop off area, while the first floor will feature bedroom terraces. PV panels and air source heat pumps will be installed to provide renewable energy.

How the bar area in Dakota Hotel Newcastle would look
How the bar area in Dakota Hotel Newcastle will look

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 Goup 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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