Hadrian’s Tower is a bold residential development that brings a new building typology to Newcastle and challenges the existing pattern of housing provision in the city centre.

Our progressive design provides 162 high quality apartments for the private rental sector (PRS), carefully integrated into the city’s central conservation area using offsite construction.

The building project is integrated into the central part of the city with the use of buildings outside the protected historical area.

Newcastle upon Tyne, England



High Street Group
January 2018 - May 2020
August 2020

5.000m² / 40 tons of aluminum cassettes
Metal - J57s_Up (5005а H14) 3mm, Novelis (Germany)
Architect - Jamie Collins,
FaulknerBrowns Architects (UK)
Constructor - Konstantin Bilovil,
EVB Project (Ukraine)
Manufacturing - RannBuilding (Belarus)
Anodizing - KTM-2000 (Belarus)
Installation - GA Installation & Maintenance Ltd (UK)

“This development is one of the most significant rental housing investments ever undertaken in Newcastle. The bold proposition was transformed from concept to reality by the creative endeavour of the FaulknerBrowns team, who found a balance between bold architecture and contextual responsibility”

Andrew Rennie
Managing Director, Citygrove Securities PLC


Hadrian’s Tower is Newcastle’s tallest building. In response to a constrained city-centre site, we designed a unitised façade system at the upper levels that could be prefabricated offsite.

The result is a refined and striking architecture that responds proudly to its context. The base of the tower carefully adds to the elegance of the streetscape by reflecting the scale and proportion of its context, including the historic printworks opposite.

The facades, detailed with high quality handmade bricks, add a more human scale that engages residents and people passing by. A lot of glass was also used, which gave the apartment an airy and a sense of freedom, and also allows you to truly enjoy the Newcastle landscape and disconnect from the current worries and bustle of the city.


Hadrian’s Tower creates a striking form on Newcastle’s skyline. The project repurposes a derelict, brownfield site that had been disused for over a decade and its location on Rutherford Street transforms the emerging pedestrian route between the developing west end and the city centre. The project also gives value back to the city, with a programme of public events at the top of the tower that encourage everyone to access a unique view of the cityscape from above.

“At Hadrian’s Tower, we designed a stepped series of volumes to mediate between the different sizes and ages of surrounding buildings and respect the scale of the street.. The composition succesfully enhances the quality of the streetscape whilst making a positive and powerful contribution to the city’s skyline”

Paul Rigby
Partner, Architect

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Photos: © 2021 Hufton + Crow


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