Neville Hall - exterior

Neville Hall

The refurbishment of Neville Hall represents a significant undertaking aimed at preserving and rejuvenating a remarkable Grade II* listed building. With a rich history dating back to 1852, Neville Hall has served as the esteemed home of The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME) for over a century. Within its hallowed walls, a vast collection of intellectual treasures resides, comprising more than 30,000 volumes of books, tens of thousands of research papers and an extensive archive of over 40,000 plans documenting seam maps, colliery plans, estate maps and geological surveys spanning from 1750 onwards.

The building boasts several distinct spaces, each with its own architectural splendour and historical significance. The Victorian Library, a sanctuary of knowledge and wisdom, holds invaluable literary treasures that have stood the test of time. The Edwardian Lecture Theatre, once a hub of intellectual discourse and inspiration, has witnessed countless enlightening presentations throughout the years. The Arbitration Room, where mine owners and workers gathered to address labour disputes, stands as a testament to the building’s role in facilitating important negotiations.

Within the framework of the building’s listed status, Brims embarked on a comprehensive restoration project to revive both the exterior and interior spaces. This included meticulous attention to detail in the restoration of the stairwell, ensuring its structural integrity and preserving its timeless charm. The installation of new mechanical and electrical services was carried out with precision, providing the building with modern amenities while respecting its historical character. To ensure accessibility and convenience, vertical and horizontal access points were thoughtfully integrated throughout the building.

In addition to the structural enhancements, Brims undertook vital structural remedial works to ensure the building’s stability and longevity. The project also encompassed the creation of new kitchen and bar facilities, catering to the needs of modern visitors while seamlessly blending with the building’s original architecture. A new accessible entranceway was carefully designed and constructed, aligning with principles of inclusivity and welcoming all individuals to experience the historical marvel of Neville Hall.

The external restoration efforts were dedicated to preserving and enhancing the building’s magnificent façade. The meticulous restoration of stonework, doors and windows brought back the building’s original grandeur, paying homage to its architectural heritage. Delicate decorative finials and chimneys received meticulous attention and repair, contributing to the building’s overall aesthetic. The slated and glazed roofs were meticulously restored, ensuring their durability and protection while preserving their distinctive visual appeal.

As part of the comprehensive project, Cklip Commercial Cleaning was entrusted with the crucial tasks of builders clean, sparkle clean, high-level internal roof cleaning and external window cleaning. Their expertise and meticulous attention to detail played a vital role in presenting Neville Hall at its best, showcasing the remarkable restoration efforts and the building’s timeless allure.

The refurbishment of Neville Hall exemplifies Brims’ commitment to preserving historical landmarks and creating spaces that inspire. By striking a delicate balance between honouring the building’s rich heritage and incorporating modern amenities, the restoration has breathed new life into Neville Hall. It stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the past while embracing the needs and aspirations of present and future generations.

The collaboration between Brims, Cklip Commercial Cleaning and The Common Room has been instrumental in the success of the project, with each party bringing their expertise and dedication to the restoration endeavour. Together, they have breathed new life into Neville Hall, ensuring its continued significance as a cultural and educational landmark for generations.


The refurbishment of Neville Hall is a momentous undertaking that holds great significance for the North East region. As the construction contractor, Brims and the client, The Common Room, join forces, their shared vision is to transform Neville Hall into a vibrant and dynamic space that will benefit the community for years to come.

Neville Hall, located on Westgate Road in Newcastle upon Tyne, is a Grade II* listed building that has served as the home of The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers (NEIMME) since 1852. It boasts a rich history, housing an impressive collection of over 30,000 volumes of books, tens of thousands of research papers and more than 40,000 plans, encompassing seam maps, colliery plans, estate maps and geological surveys dating back to 1750.

The vision for the refurbishment is twofold. First and foremost, it aims to preserve the historical significance of Neville Hall, ensuring that its architectural splendour and cultural heritage are safeguarded for future generations. Second, the project seeks to reinvigorate the building, transforming it into a hub of activity and learning that will serve as a catalyst for cultural and educational advancement in the North East.

The Common Room, as the client, is deeply committed to preserving the heritage of Neville Hall and promoting the value of mining and mechanical engineering knowledge. Their aspiration is to create a space that not only showcases the rich history of the region but also serves as a modern centre for innovation, research and collaboration. They envision Neville Hall becoming a focal point for cultural events, exhibitions, educational program and community engagement.

To realise this vision, Brims, the construction contractor, has undertaken a comprehensive restoration of both the exterior and interior spaces of Neville Hall. This includes the meticulous restoration of the stonework, doors and windows, ensuring that the architectural features regain their original grandeur. Structural remedial works have been carried out to ensure the building’s stability, while new kitchen and bar facilities have been added to enhance its functionality.

One of the key elements of the refurbishment is the formation of a new accessible entrance, ensuring that Neville Hall becomes an inclusive and welcoming space for all. The provision of new mechanical and electrical services, as well as servicing areas, vertical and horizontal access and the restoration of decorative finials and chimneys, further contribute to the building’s revitalisation.

In addition to the physical restoration, the project includes a comprehensive cleaning assignment, entrusted to Cklip Commercial Cleaning. Their tasks encompass the builders clean and sparkle clean of the entire building, ensuring that every corner is immaculate and ready for use. High-level internal roof cleaning, facilitated by scaffolding provided by Brims, guarantees that even the most hard-to-reach areas are restored to their former glory. The external window cleaning, carried out using the reach and wash system, will provide crystal-clear views and highlight the building’s architectural splendour.

Once the refurbishment is complete, Neville Hall will stand as a symbol of the North East’s rich history and its commitment to embracing the future. It will serve as a cultural and educational centre, offering a wide range of activities and opportunities for the local community and visitors alike. The restored Victorian Library, Edwardian Lecture Theatre and the Arbitration Room will be spaces where knowledge is shared, ideas are exchanged and discussions take place.

The benefits of the refurbishment extend far beyond the physical restoration of Neville Hall.

The project will create employment opportunities during the construction phase and beyond, supporting the local economy. It will attract visitors to the North East, boosting tourism and increasing footfall in the surrounding area. The Common Room’s dedication to promoting mining and mechanical engineering knowledge will provide educational opportunities for students, researchers and enthusiasts, fostering a spirit of innovation and intellectual curiosity. Through exhibitions, lectures and workshops, Neville Hall will become a hub for learning and collaboration, igniting a passion for science, technology and engineering in the North East community.

Furthermore, the refurbishment of Neville Hall will contribute to the cultural landscape of Newcastle upon Tyne. The revitalised building will serve as a venue for cultural events, art exhibitions and performances, enriching the local arts scene and attracting artists and creatives from all disciplines. It will become a space where ideas are nurtured, creativity flourishes and cultural expressions thrive.

The project’s impact extends beyond the walls of Neville Hall. As a restored historical landmark, the building will enhance the visual appeal and architectural character of the surrounding area. Its renewed presence will contribute to the preservation of the region’s heritage, creating a sense of pride and identity among the local community.

Moreover, the refurbishment of Neville Hall aligns with sustainable practices and energy efficiency goals. The implementation of modern mechanical and electrical systems will enhance the building’s energy performance and reduce its environmental footprint. By incorporating sustainable materials and technologies, the project exemplifies responsible construction practices and sets a precedent for future developments in the North East.

Once complete, Neville Hall will not only be a physical space but a symbol of the region’s commitment to preserving its past while embracing the future. It will be a place where history, culture and innovation converge, offering a platform for dialogue, collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

In conclusion, the refurbishment of Neville Hall undertaken by Brims and The Common Room, in collaboration with Cklip Commercial Cleaning, represents a remarkable endeavour to restore and transform a historic landmark. The project’s meticulous restoration, comprehensive cleaning and commitment to education and culture will breathe new life into Neville Hall, benefitting the North East by fostering knowledge, creativity, community engagement and sustainable development. It will stand as a testament to the region’s rich heritage and its boundless potential for growth and progress.

Analysis: Site Visit

During the site visit to Neville Hall, our experienced project manager meticulously assessed the existing conditions of the building in collaboration with the site manager. This analysis played a crucial role in understanding the scope of the refurbishment project and aligning our cleaning services with the specific requirements outlined by The Common Room and Brims.

The site visit involved a thorough examination of the interior and exterior areas of Neville Hall. Our project manager assessed the condition of the surfaces, including walls, floors and ceilings, taking note of any debris, dust, or stains that needed to be addressed during the builders clean. Special attention was given to delicate architectural features, intricate detailing and historical artifacts to ensure their preservation throughout the cleaning process.

Additionally, our team inspected the high-level internal roof areas, assessing the extent of dirt, dust and potential debris that may have accumulated over time. This evaluation allowed us to devise a strategic plan for accessing and cleaning these hard-to-reach areas while ensuring the utmost safety and minimal disruption to the ongoing restoration work.

Moreover, the external window cleaning assessment involved a comprehensive evaluation of the windows’ conditions, including the presence of dirt, grime and any visible damage. We considered the architectural significance of the windows and the need to maintain their integrity while achieving a pristine, transparent appearance.

By conducting a detailed analysis during the site visit, we gained valuable insights into the specific cleaning requirements and challenges associated with the refurbishment of Neville Hall. This information served as the foundation for developing a tailored cleaning approach that would meet the expectations of The Common Room and Brims while ensuring the preservation of the building’s historical significance.

Our project manager collaborated closely with the site manager to gather additional details and discuss the project timeline, logistics and coordination with other trades working on-site. This open line of communication allowed us to anticipate any potential changes or adaptations required during the cleaning process, ensuring a seamless integration of our services within the broader refurbishment project.

The site visit analysis was a crucial step in our preparation for the builders clean, sparkle clean, high-level internal roof cleaning and external window cleaning tasks at Neville Hall. It allowed us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the project scope, tailor our approach to the unique needs of the building and establish a strong foundation for delivering exceptional cleaning results that would contribute to the successful restoration and revitalisation of Neville Hall.

Planning: Site Survey

In preparation for the refurbishment of Neville Hall, our team at Cklip Commercial Cleaning engaged in meticulous planning and conducted a comprehensive site survey to ensure the successful execution of the cleaning tasks. Given the presence of building contractors on-site and the additional challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, our priority was to prioritise health and safety while delivering high-quality cleaning services.

As part of our commitment to safety, we undertook thorough risk assessments and developed method statements tailored specifically to the project requirements. These assessments allowed us to identify potential hazards, evaluate risks and implement effective control measures to mitigate any potential issues. By adhering to stringent health and safety protocols, we ensured the well-being of all our operatives, as well as the contractors and personnel present at Neville Hall.

To demonstrate our compliance and dedication to safety standards, we provided relevant certifications, including CSCS cards, CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) accreditation, Safecontractor certification and Constructionline Gold certification. These certifications serve as a testament to our commitment to upholding the highest health and safety standards in the industry.

Considering the complex nature of the refurbishment project, it was crucial to establish a realistic timeline and agreed-upon completion date. Through effective communication and collaboration with Brims, the construction contractors and The Common Room, our team determined that the cleaning works were to be completed within a four-week timeframe. This allowed us to align our cleaning activities with the overall project schedule, ensuring a smooth workflow and efficient coordination with other trades on-site.

Furthermore, we proactively addressed the unique challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. By implementing strict health and safety measures, including social distancing protocols, regular sanitisation of equipment and work areas, and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), we prioritised the health and well-being of our team members and everyone involved in the refurbishment project.

Our meticulous planning, comprehensive risk assessments and adherence to health and safety standards have positioned us to execute the builders clean, sparkle clean, high-level internal roof cleaning and external window cleaning at Neville Hall with utmost professionalism and efficiency. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional results while maintaining a safe and secure working environment for all involved.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

The refurbishment of Neville Hall required meticulous cleaning to preserve its historical integrity and prevent damage to heritage surfaces. Cklip Commercial Cleaning, as the appointed cleaning contractors, approached the project with expertise and attention to detail to ensure the highest standard of cleanliness.

The builders clean, spanning over three weeks, involved a team of four operatives and one supervisor. Brims, the construction contractors, collaborated closely with us, informing us when specific areas were ready for cleaning. Our cleaning schedule was meticulously planned to cover all necessary tasks and maximise efficiency.

The cleaning process primarily focused on dry methods to remove dust and dirt from surfaces. This included dusting with microfibre cloths, mops and light vacuuming. Our skilled operatives meticulously performed these tasks, paying special attention to delicate areas and surfaces.

Throughout the three-week period, our dedicated team carried out a comprehensive range of cleaning tasks. These tasks encompassed vacuuming and mopping floors and stairs, meticulous removal of paint, plaster and glue, cleaning skirting boards, doors, frames, fixtures, light fittings, electrical sockets, switches and windows, including sills, frames and insulation materials.

Furthermore, our team ensured the cleanliness and hygiene of various areas within Neville Hall. This included cleaning and deep cleaning of tilework, grout and plaster in the kitchen, bar area and toilets. We also attended to cisterns, sinks, mirrors, appliance exteriors, equipment exteriors and polished all visible and accessible surfaces.

To ensure continuity and efficient service delivery, the sparkle clean and external window cleaning, utilising the reach and wash system, were scheduled for completion within one week. For this phase, we deployed a team of three operatives and one supervisor. Our onsite supervisor played a crucial role in coordinating the works, maintaining quality standards and ensuring a smooth workflow.

With the diligent efforts of our skilled team and the guidance of our supervisor, we successfully completed all the agreed-upon cleaning services within the designated four-week timeframe. Our commitment to delivering exceptional results, attention to detail and efficient project management allowed us to meet the project’s cleaning requirements while preserving the historical significance of Neville Hall.

Throughout the implementation of the cleaning works, we maintained open lines of communication with Brims and The Common Room, ensuring that all parties were informed of progress and any necessary adjustments.

Our dedication to professionalism, quality and adherence to the project timeline contributed to the successful execution of the cleaning phase, setting the stage for the next steps in the refurbishment of Neville Hall.

Review: Hand Over

As the refurbishment of Neville Hall neared completion, Cklip Commercial Cleaning played a vital role in ensuring that the newly renovated premises were not only visually stunning but also impeccably clean and ready for use. Our team of skilled cleaning operatives approached their tasks with utmost professionalism and attention to detail, guaranteeing a spotless environment for the workers to enjoy their enhanced surroundings.

During the handover phase, it was essential for us to uphold strict Health & Safety procedures and regulations. We took every precaution to ensure the safety of our operatives and to comply with government guidelines, particularly during the challenging circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our experienced site team effectively managed changes in work practices, government regulations and public health measures, adapting swiftly to ensure a safe working environment. By aligning our operations with the necessary health and safety protocols, we contributed to the overall success of the project and minimised any potential disruptions caused by the pandemic.

Cklip Commercial Cleaning prides itself on delivering the highest standard of cleaning services and the refurbishment of Neville Hall was no exception. We were committed to meeting and surpassing Brims’ exacting requirements. With our capacity, flexibility and expertise, we exceeded their expectations and left them highly satisfied with the final results. The thoroughness and attention to detail demonstrated by our cleaning operatives ensured that the newly refurbished premises were not only aesthetically pleasing but also hygienic and ready for immediate use.

We invite you to visit our dedicated builders cleaning page to learn more about our comprehensive solutions tailored specifically for construction projects. Whether you require builders cleaning, sparkle cleaning or specialised services like high-level internal roof cleaning and external window cleaning, Cklip Commercial Cleaning has the expertise and resources to meet your needs. Additionally, you can schedule a free site visit to discuss your specific requirements with our team. We are dedicated to delivering exceptional results, exceeding client expectations and contributing to the success of projects like the refurbishment of Neville Hall.

At Cklip Commercial Cleaning, we pride ourselves on our commitment to professionalism, quality and client satisfaction. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you and provide the professional cleaning services necessary to bring out the best in your refurbishment projects.