20 November 2017

Stephenson Halliday and Realty Media are the first tenants to move into NBS’s new, state of the art incubator space at the Old Post Office on St Nicholas Street, Newcastle.

The space was developed as part of NBS’s commitment to supporting the local community and targeted at digital and technology companies looking to grow.

Stephenson Halliday provides Planning, Landscape and Visualisation Services to the development industry. As part of their expansion plans they wanted to open an office in Newcastle to access the North-East market and the Old Post Office provided ideal accommodation. Stephenson Halliday has a strong team of planners and landscape architects currently based in Kendal, Glasgow and Ireland.  They work with clients to secure planning consent for development projects ranging in scale from small scale local proposals, to regional and national property and infrastructure projects.

Commenting on the move to the Old Post Office, Stephenson Halliday’s Planning Director, Mary Campbell, said: “This is a very exciting move for Stephenson Halliday and builds on the growing demand for our services.  We have recruited new staff to undertake work already secured in the North East region and the quality of the space at the Old Post Office has, I have no doubt, helped us to attract the very best.”

Realty Media, the second tenants to choose the Old Post Office, specialise in providing digital assets for property marketing. They incorporate innovative ways of replicating real estate on digital platforms. They are providing 3D modelling of the built environment to owners and operators of real estate. They also create fully immersive 3D Virtual Tours for Virtual Reality, using Matterport technology – the world’s leading virtual tour platform. 

We were a start-up business ourselves once and I know how important the right kind of accommodation is for new and expanding businesses

Richard Waterhouse,


Owner, Jason Van Hee said: “The magnificent Old Post Office is a fitting environment for a start-up specialising in the communication of real estate. Post offices were the pioneers of business communication so where better to locate than within an innovative hub alongside other built environment businesses!”

The Old Post Office recently underwent a £5.8 million re-development which included the new office units for businesses looking to start up or grow in the digital and tech sectors. The offices include features such as; suspended ceilings, perimeter trunking, high quality office furniture, a separate meeting room and a manned reception. The central location also offers excellent rail and bus links due to its proximity to Central Station.

Chief Executive at NBS, Richard Waterhouse said: “I am delighted to welcome our first two tenants to The Old Post Office. Our colleagues at NBS love working here and we are very pleased that we have been able to help other tech and digital businesses to start up and grow. We were a start-up business ourselves once and I know how important the right kind of accommodation is for new and expanding businesses “

Two units remain to let which range from 119 - 408 square ft. at £17.50 per square foot. Lettings are being handled by Chris Pearson, Partner at Gavin Black and Partners

For more information, please contact Chris Pearson or Laura Lloyd at Gavin Black and Partners, on 0191 230 2777 – www.gavinblack.co.uk

To find out more about NBS visit www.theNBS.com 

Main Image:   Jason Van Hee, Owner of Realty Media, Jess Carroll Facilities Assistant NBS, Chris Pearson, Partner at Gavin Black and Partners, Mary Campbell, Planning Director Stephenson Halliday’s and Irena Peel, Finance Director at NBS.

ABOUT NBS: NBS is committed to offering distinctive, innovative specification and information solutions to construction industry professionals and are proud to be leading the construction industry in its digital evolution. Our origins lie in the National Building Specification and for over 40 years we have developed and produced NBS products which support the built environment. Our NBS specification products cover construction, engineering services and landscape design.

More recently we have developed an integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) platform that has been designed to support global design and construction. It currently has four major components:

  • NBS Bim Toolkit. BIM execution plan, roles and responsibilities.
  • NBS Create. BIM specification and knowledge platform.
  • NBS National BIM Library. BIM object library, generic and actual.
  • Construction Information Service (CIS). Standards and regulations.

CIS is delivered via a joint venture with IHS Markit. This relationship has successfully prospered for many years.

Our products are recognised as being individually effective in their own right, but via the linking of the data, classification and integration, the true power comes through these connections across the NBS BIM platform. Combining world leading technology with expert knowledge, NBS is trusted to help construction industry professionals make the best project decisions.

To find out more about NBS, visit www.theNBS.com