Cathedral project helped by Ward Hadaway | 01 April 10

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has helped with an ambitious project to revitalise the surroundings of one of Tyneside’s most historic buildings.

The Newcastle office of the Top 100 UK law firm has been working with the Dean and Chapter of St Nicholas’ Cathedral on the Heart of the City Project, which aims to bring new life to the area surrounding the Newcastle cathedral and bring out the best in the iconic structure.

As part of the scheme, the Cathedral has acquired 42-44 Mosley Street, a building next to St Nicholas Cathedral designed by Newcastle Theatre Royal designer Benjamin Green.

John Squires, chairman of Benfield Motor Group and lay Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas; Christopher Dallison, Dean at St Nicholas’ Cathedral; Heather Markham of Ward Hadaway; Bishop of Newcastle  The Right Reverend Martin Wharton and Lesley Fairclough of Ward Hadaway celebrate the successful acquisition of 42-44 Mosley Street.

New chapter - (from left) John Squires, chairman of Benfield Motor Group and lay Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas; Christopher Dallison, Dean at St Nicholas’ Cathedral; Heather Markham of Ward Hadaway; Bishop of Newcastle The Right Reverend Martin Wharton and Lesley Fairclough of Ward Hadaway celebrate the successful acquisition of 42-44 Mosley Street (background, centre building)

Property experts from Ward Hadaway, led by partner and head of commercial development Lesley Fairclough, worked on a pro-bono basis to advise the Dean and Chapter on the successful acquisition of the building after being contacted by John Squires OBE, chairman of motor vehicle dealers and Ward Hadaway client Benfield Motor Group and a lay Canon of the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas.

Ward Hadaway’s expert licensing team, led by partner Stephen Graham, also helped the Dean and Chapter – again on a pro-bono basis – by ensuring that adverts for a late-night venue near to the cathedral do not impinge on the cathedral’s bounds.

Over the next five years, the Cathedral plans to transform 42-44 Mosley Street into a centre for its activities and a gateway to the cathedral itself.

A shop, welcome and advice desk are planned for the currently empty ground floor unit while the remaining three floors will include an administrative centre for the cathedral, conference facilities and meeting spaces, a base for Newcastle’s Street Pastor project and low cost office space for voluntary agencies.

The plans will enable space in St Nicholas’ Cathedral itself to be freed up to allow room for more educational activities, recitals, exhibitions and conferences.

Christopher Dallison, Dean at St Nicholas’ Cathedral, said: “This is a hugely important step towards fulfilling our vision of a really vibrant cathedral quarter for the centre of Newcastle and we are extremely grateful for all the hard work which Lesley and the team at Ward Hadaway have put in on the project.

“Their effort and commitment and the service which they provided to us was absolutely superb.

“It is very gratifying to see real professionals prepared to donate their time and considerable expertise to help such a cause.”

Lesley Fairclough was assisted in the work on the project by property associate Heather Markham and property solicitor Katy Hindmarsh at Ward Hadaway.

Lesley said: “It was a real privilege to be able to help the Dean and Chapter with a redevelopment which will, in due course, enhance a focal point within the city.”

Stephen Graham said: “It was pleasing to be able to assist the cathedral on this particular matter and we wish them all the best for their plans for the area.”

The work on the project was carried out by Ward Hadaway as part of the firm’s corporate social responsibility programme.

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a firm, we believe strongly in helping out the community wherever we can.

“This project is an excellent example of how our people can use their talents to bring about real change and I would like to extend my personal thanks to everyone from Ward Hadaway who has been involved.

“They should feel very proud for the work which they have done.”

Further details about St Nicholas Cathedral and its work can be found at www.stnicholascathedral.co.uk