Joe Robertson of Newcastle buys HSBC (former regional headquarters of The Midland Bank) now a pizzeria.

Joe Robertson, now resident in Monaco, was responsible for a large number of prominent developments in Newcastle upon Tyne including 50 Grey Street.

Grey Street is Newcastle’s preeminent street in the heart of the financial district and features a magnificent curve designed by the architect John Dobson.

50 Grey Street was formally the regional head office of the Midland Bank and following the purchase of the property in 2002 Joe Robertson redeveloped and sympathically refurbished the building into ground floor and basement restaurant accommodation occupied by Zizzi’s Restaurant and offices on the three upper floors.

Other Newcastle developments included Allied Irish Bank on Collingwood Street, the former Fish Market on the Quayside, the corner of Sandhill and Quayside now known as Chase together with Sports Café on Grainger Street now known as the Castle Mile. The Waterside Hotel on the Quayside and the Waterstones building on Grey Street.

Other developments included the Eldon Café in Eldon Square, Newcastle Airport Hotel and Northgate House on the corner of John Dobson Street and St Mary’s Place together with the Long Bar on Westgate Road.