Quorum Business Park
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Quorum Business Park in North Newcastle is the largest speculative office development in the UK outside Central London, with almost 1 million square feet of office space built or under construction. Tenants include Cofely GDF Suez, Fabricom Offshore Services, HM Revenue and Customs, IBM, OSG Shipping, Insurethebox, Ebiquity, Tesco Bank, Aesica, Balfour Beatty, Home Group, Convergys, MACAW Engineering, MWB and Kids First Nursery.
Quorum was part of the North Tyneside Enterprise Zone that ran from 1996 to 2006. The site was originally occupied by the US Corporation Viasystems who had a major semiconductor manufacturing plant on the site. When that plant closed, the site was bought by the current owners who redeveloped the site into a major Business Park. Funding for the development was raised by Tritax with construction undertaken by Grantside, both joint venture partners in the development company.
Development Director Fergus Trim was recruited in 2008 to lead a major 450,000sqft phase of development and to head up the management and marketing of Quorum.
In 2009 and 2010 Quorum made the headlines with a series of lettings including some notable job creating inward investments. Almost 250,000sqft of office space was let to six new companies including major occupiers such as Tesco Bank, Balfour Beatty and Convergys.
British Engines relocated their central core services teams to the park in December 2013. In August 2014 the building and energy services company Cofely moved into a 26,000sqft office building in the business park.
Arriva runs several bus services towards the Business Park; some of these are branded as special Quorum lines, including line 555, the Quorum Shuttle Bus, which travels back and forth between Four Lane Ends - connecting to Tyne & Wear Metro there - and Quorum every 15 minutes on working days, and Quorum Express Bus X4/X5/X6 from the park to the Haymarket bus station in the city center.
A reduced fare of 60p per single journey is available for journeys between Four Lane Ends and Quorum for those holding a Q-card, Quorum's employee benefit card which employees of companies on Quorum can request online, upon which it is delivered to their employer.
The Quorum Sports Club is a unique facility that is free to use by anyone working at Quorum. This is the first time such a facility has been provided on a free to use basis on a UK business park.
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