Pearl of a city

Work is starting on the first big office refurbishment seen in Newcastle city centre for over three years.

Pearl Assurance House, at the corner of Northumberland Street and New Bridge Street, is being remodelled in a £3m project for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management.

Brims Construction of Sunderland will carry out the refit at the 37,600sq ft, eight storey building where floors two to eight will be refurbished.

The building will be rebranded as The Pearl. Chris Pearson, partner at Gavin Black & Partners, joint agent with Knight Frank, says the 1960s building will be transformed.