Month October 2017


NCG moves to new Headquarters in Rye Hill House

NCG unveils its new Headquarters building at Rye Hill House in Newcastle upon Tyne, bringing colleagues together to work collaboratively in a modern, open-plan working environment.

“This is a landmark moment for NCG,” says Chief Executive of NCG, Joe Docherty, “– by coming together in one building, it marks the very first time NCG has had a recognised corporate headquarters.”

By moving out of leased office space and into a building previously occupied by Newcastle College, NCG should save around £300k per year on rent to Newcastle Council.

The original Rye Hill House building dates back to the 1860s, and was renovated in 2006; restoring the Victorian villa which had been vacant since 1989 and adding the contemporary, four-storey extension.

“We have tried hard to create a modern working environment which reflects our commitment to our organisational values – being open and honest, taking ownership and valuing our people. For some of us, working in Rye Hill House will mean working in a different way – it’s really important to me that we use the move to work more closely together, to collaborate more and to work better as one team.” – Joe Docherty

As well as the bright, airy office spaces, the new NCG HQ has a number of vibrant meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art video conferencing technology; encouraging communication and collaboration between Newcastle-based Group Services and the colleges and training providers across the country.


The History of Rye Hill House

The original Rye Hill House is a Grade 2 Listed Building, dating back to 1860. Originally it was built as a vicarage for Newcastle’s St Nicholas’ Cathedral and in later years was also used as the city’s Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital.

Rye Hill House is the only surviving building of a group of Victorian buildings, the rest of which have been demolished over the years. Having stood empty and derelict for many years, it was re-developed as part of the Newcastle College Campus upgrade in 2006 and given a new lease of life.

The modern building was designed to create a blend between the early Victorian house and cutting edge 21st Century architecture.

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