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Contractor checks in for north east’s first Dakota hotel

GMI Construction is set to build the luxury 118- room boutique Dakota hotel, which will transform the vacant St Anne’s Wharf building in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Scheduled for completion in Spring 2025, the Dakota hotel development will generate 150 new jobs as well as creating an estimated £1.5M boost to the local economy.

Constructed within an existing building, the contemporary hotel will retain much of the structure’s current features and details, complementing its architectural heritage with a new-look entrance lobby, reception and signature ground floor Bar & Grill.

An existing courtyard at the front of the Quayside property will be reconfigured to provide a vehicle drop off area, while the first floor will feature bedroom terraces. In addition, PV panels and Air Source Heat Pumps will be installed to provide renewable energy.

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, Evans Property Group said, “We are incredibly proud to be delivering another hotel 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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