Leader of Newcastle City Council opens The Racquets Court

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Leader of Newcastle City Council opens The Racquets Court

What a way to spend a Tuesday evening!

With canapes circling, drinks flowing, and enticing cupcakes, Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, officially opened The Racquets Court.

The exclusive launch event, held on 14th May 2019, included well-known representatives from leading tech businesses, Newcastle City Council, NE1, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

Nick Forbes (Leader of Newcastle City Council), Paul Miller (co-founder, Gavurin) & Matthew Smith (David Gray Solicitors)

Nick said:
“Newcastle was home of the first industrial revolution and we need to be a part of the next industrial revolution too, and what The Racquets Court is hoping to achieve is to consolidate our position as a global leader in digital technology and understanding big data. What you’re achieving here is, I hope, a part of a bigger narrative for the rebirth and regeneration of Newcastle as a major global city.  The transformation of this building symbolises the rebirth and regeneration of Newcastle.” 

The Racquets Court is the first building to be connected to the Stellium 40km metro fibre network which delivers latency to New York of 65 milliseconds; the network supports near real-time access to rapidly changing data (you can read more about our connectivity here). This phenomenal technology is helping the city become one of the best connected cities in the UK and really helping to put Newcastle on the map.

Paul Miller, co-founder of Gavurin, talked to guests about the journey the building had been on and how the vision for The Racquets Court was realised with the help of some of Newcastle’s finest’s businesses. Tolent, IDP Architects and Elliotts Quantity Surveyors played key roles in the restoration of the building (read more about this here).

Their teamwork has earned a place on the shortlist for the Constructing Excellence North East Awards for the award for Integration & Collaborative.

Paul said:
I’ve learned that Newcastle has some great businesses creating wonderful things. The City’s connectivity offers opportunities to take that creativity everywhere – fast.

The event provided a platform for The Racquets Court to showcase how far the building had come in a short space of time.

In its original form, the building had only one floor, was open and as dull as an empty sports hall often is! The transformation has included the restoration of the beautiful glass roof and eye-catching victorian spiral staircase. Another floor has been added to create more space, but it has been left open to retain the buildings unique character.

The Racquets Court was also shortlisted for the 2019 RICS awards which took place in April, and is also shortlisted for a second CENE award for Preservation & Rejuvenation. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 14th June 2019.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our guests for helping celebrate with us, and we’re excited to welcome all members to The Racquets Court.

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