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Oxford House – Newcastle

Designed by Ryder Architecture and developed by Kier Property.

Contractor – Robertson Construction.

The former Newcastle city centre nightclub Liquid Envy, has now been given a new lease of life as a modern new-build student accommodation. 

An ideal location for students, opposite Northumbria University and within walking distance from the retail high-street and leisure amenities. It is a perfect introduction into Newcastle central living. 


Part of the grade II-listed John Dobson House, the site has a lot of rich history and character. 

The former Oxford dance hall and billiard saloon was originally built in 1921.  During the 1950’s the ballrooms became some of the most popular in the country.

It was also the setting to a dramatic fight scene in the 1971 film Get Carter where Michael Caine enters the crowded dance hall. 


The Newcastle student accommodation is ideally located for both Newcastle University and Northumbria University, situated 8 minutes and 5 minutes to each respectively. 

The 12-storey development has 353 bedrooms, including 233 en-suite cluster bedrooms and 120 studios. Students have the choice of living independently or with friends in modern high-quality studios or rooms with separate living spaces.


The design of the accommodation was based on an 800mm thick in-situ concrete slab, which transfered from columns through walls and down to the foundations.  

Rainscreen cladding in duo colours were specified in an irregular pattern to provide more character and to animate the facades.

CCN Doorsets

We supplied over 800nr CEDor performance doors finished in Brushed Zinc Formica Laminate.

Bespoke profile lipping detail.

Engineered timber primed door frames.

En-suite doorsets complete with self-closing hinges.

Factory morticed for ironmongery including specialist NSP access control system.