North Shields Pub to Undergo Transformation with Blake Hopkinson

A few years ago Blake Hopkinson took on a project of a more personal nature to turn a former pub on the North Shields Fish Quay into our new HQ. We’re nearly three years down the line now and can confidently say it was one of the best things we ever did. Not only did we find a new purpose for an architecturally wonderful but crumbling building but we created the kind of unique office space that really worked for the business.


Well, we started work a few months ago on a very similar project for our client Blu Sky Chartered Accountants to turn the old hundred pub (know as ‘the tun’ to locals) in North Shields into a creative and inspiring new office to act as their regional headquarters. You can read more about the project in this article in the Chronicle which covered the launch of the scheme recently.


The Tun closed in 2014 and was a high profile building in the local area given its fairly prominent position in the town centre and reputation over the years. When the pub lost its licence its future was unknown to say the least but the ground floor is now undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation and will emerge as an exciting new business space for Blu Sky.


The project is being constructed by the commercial team at JD Joinery and Building Services and will create a contemporary and fit-for-purpose office space for the team at Blu Sky whilst retaining some of the period features. This will include a portion of the old wooden bar which will feature in the final space.


Darren Blake, partner at Blake Hopkinson Architecture commented: “This part of North Shields is set to undergo quite the transformation in the coming months and we are delighted to be part of this by designing the new look office space at the former Tun for Blu Sky.


“Given our own personal experience of renovating a former pub into offices, we are well-placed to offer consultancy on how to make the space really work for a business. The large lounge design found in many pubs makes a fantastic basis for open plan offices and we are looking forward to unveiling the different ways in which we have retained the character of the Victorian building in the finished space.”


Jon Dudgeon, partner at Blu Sky said: “We’ve been based in North Shields since day one and our steady expansion over the past 10 years inevitably led to our current offices in Northumberland Square being unsuitable for the needs of our 20 members of staff.


“We’ve been searching for new office premises for quite some time but could never quite find the kind of space that suited our business. I walk past the Tun every day and could see that it had real potential to support a move from social space to business offices with the right vision and investment.


“We’re pleased to invest in the future of our business in North Tyneside and contribute to regeneration in this part of North Shields as the perfect place to locate our HQ. Bringing back to life a building that has been a key feature of the local area for a long period of time is a real bonus in our plans. It’s safe to say that the whole team is already looking forward to unveiling the new office premises in the summer and welcoming visitors and clients to enjoy the new-look surroundings of the ‘Tun’”