Owners of a former pub are looking to create a lasting legacy of the former drinking establishment.
Local residents are being asked to help create a piece of artwork and preserve a slice of history on North Shields Fish Quay.
As we bring the pub back to life under its new guise of commercial office space, we want to capture some of that character and preserve it for many more years to come.James Hopkinson, partner at Blake Hopkinson
Blake Hopkinson Architects recently announced plans to turn the 117-year old Porthole pub in the New Quay conservation area into the company’s newest commercial headquarters.
The team are hoping to retain the character of the pub with a large-scale interior artwork installation featuring images, stories and newspaper clippings supplied by people with special memories of the Porthole, or Golden Fleece, as it was formerly known.
To make a submission to the project, send it to Blake Hopkinson Architects, 22a Union Quay, North Shields, NE30 1HJ or email firstname.lastname@example.org referencing Porthole artwork project.
James Hopkinson, partner at Blake Hopkinson, said: “Given its position right on the banks of the river and proximity to the ferry landing, it’s a pub which was very much part of the cultural fabric of the riverside for longer than most people can remember.
“As we bring the pub back to life under its new guise of commercial office space, we want to capture some of that character and preserve it for many more years to come.”
Blake Hopkinson are asking members of the public to send, either via post or email, materials to create a visual history of the Porthole for visitors to the new Blake Hopkinson offices.
The submissions could be anecdotes about life at the pub, events or pictures – anything to help create a rounded picture of 100 years at the Porthole.
Darren Blake, partner at Blake Hopkinson, added: “The Porthole pub was built in 1897 and is of course very well-known to the local community.
“Giving it a new future as the Blake Hopkinson company headquarters was an opportunity too good to pass up but we’re keen to ensure such an important part of the Fish Quay history isn’t lost.
“Whilst externally we will be retaining the character of the building, the interior will very much become a contemporary working office for a busy architectural practice.
“We were visitors to the Porthole ourselves before it closed and so feel duty bound to ensure the interior of the building still bears the hallmarks of the wonderful character and history of the pub.
“We are hopeful that the general public will come forward with material to create a new piece of artwork which will have pride of place in our office and does 100 years of the Porthole justice.”