Beavan’s building receives national accreditation
Work to restore a former department store building received national recognition after a £2.7m restoration project.
Originally built in 1910, the Beavan Building was one of the main retailers on Shields Road but eventually became dilapidated with a leaking roof.
Work was undertaken to restore the building by converting the upper floors into 29 modern flats for Tyne Housing’s more settled tenants, while the ground floor was retained as retail space to maintain the character of Shields Road.
The building now benefits from solar panels on the roof, air source heat pumps, heat recovery mechanical ventilation to all of the flats and all of the existing external walls have been insulated.
The scheme, which achieved Code 3 for Sustainable Homes, won a national award for Sustainable Futures by the Homes and Communities Agency. It was also shortlisted in the housing and sustainability categories of the Renaissance Awards and was highly commended in the national Sustainable Housing Awards.
The architect for the conversion was AK Architects.