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Reuben Borthers to turn former Newcastle fire station into luxury hotel

Development company Taras Properties, owned by brothers David and Simon Reuben will convert the Grade 2 listed building to create 60 rooms and nearly 370 square meters of restaurant and bar space.

City councillors have given the go-ahead to the plan to convert a disused Newcastle fire station into a luxury hotel. The proposals were backed by Newcastle City Council's planning committee on June 4.

The Pilgrim Street site opened in 1933 and was Newcastle's main fire station until its closure in 2005.

The proposed hotel, which would cost £11.5 million, is part of a wider development of the area, where the former fire bays will be used to create sidewalk cafes. An inner courtyard will be landscaped and open to the public, and the former fire tower will be used as an arrival point for hotel guests.

David Reuben and Simon Reuben are among the Sunday Times' richest people in 2021, with an estimated fortune of over £21 billion. Their hotel portfolio includes the Lingfield Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club and the former Curtain Hotel in London's Shoreditch district, which will reopen as the Mondrian Shoreditch this summer.

This is an exciting project to provide a high quality hotel and restaurant offering not currently available in Newcastle city center.

Matt Verlander, director of planning and development at Avison Young

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