Newcastle Central Station

Grover Lewis Associates was appointed by Sainsbury’s to provide built heritage advice in relation to the conversion of this Grade I listed building to a convenience store.

Project: Securing planning and listed building consent for conversion of part of the station to a convenience store
Client: Sainsbury's
Planning authority: Newcastle City Council
Date: August 2010 - January 2011

The work undertaken by Grover Lewis Associates, including the submission of applications for planning permission, listed building consent and approval under the advertisement regulations, provided the necessary basis for Sainsbury’s to proceed with the development.


The station dates from 1850 and was designed by the renowned Newcastle architect John Dobson, meaning that conversion of the buildings required the utmost sensitivity and specialist advice. Adaptation to meet Sainsbury’s requirements necessitated the removal of some internal walling, together with various internal alterations and provision of signage. Grover Lewis Associates helped Sainsbury’s overcome the challenges involved in adapting a highly sensitive historic building to a viable new use. Grover Lewis’s work included assessment of significance of the fabric to be affected, and an evaluation of the impact of the proposed works on the listed building.


The work also involved negotiation with planning and conservation officers at Newcastle City Council, and advice to the client team on modifications to the scheme. Following the approval of the applications planning and listed building consent applications, Grover Lewis Associates was responsible for the discharge of conditions relating to works to the historic fabric.

  • Newcastle Central Station
  • Newcastle Central Station