Jesmond Dene Banqueting Hall

The Banqueting Hall was originally designed for Lord Armstrong in the 1860’s by Architect John Dobson and runs in dramatic fashion down the steep side of Jesmond Dene via a series of flights of stairs.

The building is currently partly ruined and is partly used by artists to provide studio space.

It is intended to converse, restore and redevelop various parts of the building to offer a range of facilities potentially including upgraded art studios, a venue that can be used for market type functions and other events and some residential facilities which could be used as holiday lets.

The feasibility stage of the project has evaluated a series of potential uses for the building and what each would require in terms of intervention in the building fabric and associated costs.

Initial feasibility studies have been prepared and submitted for HLF funding based on a £3.2m project.

This incorporates the provision of new DDA compliance access arrangements including new lifts to provide access to each of the levels within the property. It also conserves and stabilises certain parts of the building, as external spaces, whilst refurbishing others and adding certain new build elements which are sensitively incorporated into the topography of the site.

New mechanical and electrical services will be provided without causing damage to the building fabric or detracting from its’ aesthetic qualities and, where possible incorporating high efficiency and sustainable technologies to minimise the carbon consumption on the site.