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JLL Property Triathlon

Tri Team Newcastle give the rest of the north a run for their money

Five triathletes from Newcastle’s property scene took part in the JLL Property Triathlon North on Friday 24th July in the iconic settings of Media City Salford Quays Manchester, raising £22,000 for Starlight and Christies charities.

Comprising a 750m swim, 20km cycle and a 5km run, the sprint distance triathlon was open to anyone in, or connected to, the property industry and is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to come together and compete side by side. The event attracts all levels of competitor, from complete novices to more seasoned triathletes.

Tri Team Newcastle comprised of Paddy Matheson, Jamie Baldridge and Laura McVittie from Knight Frank, Chris Pearson from Gavin Black and Fergus Trim from Broadoak Asset Management. All are involved with working at Quorum Business Park in Newcastle who sponsored the team kit and training sessions.

The team have been training together since May, taking part in open water swim training, evening cycle rides and lunch time running sessions. Some of the team also took part in the VO2 Northumberland and QE2 Triathlon’s in the run up to the event.

The hard work paid off and Tri Team Newcastle gave the rest of the northern property workers a run for their money. Some top achievements included Laura coming in 11th out of 33 in the women’s race and Patrick coming in 62nd out of 263 in the men’s race. We also proved that we have strong swimmers in the north east as Jamie was first out of the water in the 30-34 men’s race and Chris was 3rd out of the water on the 50+ men’s race.

Laura McVittie said “I am a keen cyclist so I thought I would give it a go. It was a struggle to train at times working full-time with a 16 month old son, however I am pleased I took up the challenge as I have improved my general fitness and it was a real sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line in a respectable time”

Patrick Matheson said “ I have competed in many triathlons and even did an iron man challenge a few years ago. The JLL Triathlon at Media City in front of the BBC studios was one of the best I’ve competed in, the urban setting was exciting and there was a real buzz around the event”.

The team were delighted with the results and can’t wait to take part again next year.

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Artist in Residence unveiled at The Lightbox

Quorum has selected an artist in residence for its newest building The Lightbox,

The artwork will be unveiled in the atrium to inspire staff and visitors over the coming weeks.

After launching a competition to find creative talent that could enhance the fresh and modern image of The Lightbox earlier this summer, the business park chose playful film footage by Northumbria University visual communications student Stephanie Simpson to reflect the colourful new building at the front of the park.

Spotted at Northumbria’s annual end of year degree shows REVEAL, Stephanie impressed the judges to win £1,000 and the opportunity to install an exhibition of her final year work, which will appear on Monday 27th July 2015 in the entrance to The Lightbox and will remain for the next year.

Stephanie said: “It was a wonderful surprise to win this opportunity with Quorum’s new building, The Lightbox. Aside from the recognition, the exposure it has brought my work on Quorum’s website and social media channels in terms of reaching a new audience in this exciting building is invaluable for an art graduate.

“I hope staff and visitors enjoy the film footage I have created throughout my degree, giving them a moment of reflection and creativity in their busy working days.”

Laura Barber, events and sustainability manager at Quorum Business Park said: “We do a lot of work with regional partners at Quorum but this is the first year we’ve appointed an artist in residency to one of our buildings. It’s a great way of supporting the thriving arts community in the North and celebrating the unique and creative image of our new building, The Lightbox.”

The Lightbox is a contemporary building recently launched on Quorum Business Park after developers recognized a market need for greater flexibility with office space amongst the region’s businesses

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Staff get to try a free climbing wall provided by the Army Reserves

Plus delicious food provided by Smokin BBQ Co

Quorum’s aredeliane junkie were treated to some lunchtime fun last week. The Army Reserves set up a 4 faced, 30 Foot Climbing Frame complete with onsite instructors and safety equipment.

St. Mark Ferron from the 101st Northumbrian Regiment Royal Artillery said ‘We always really enjoy coming along to Quorum events, staff are really engaged here and are really keen to learn more about what we do’ we catered for a mix of abilities today and while not everyone may have made it to the top, everyone who had a go should be really pleased with their efforts.

Events Manager, Laura Barber said ‘Inviting the Army Reserves onsite is a fantastic free resource for us, the guys are coming back in October for our ‘Face your Fears’ day on the 13th October.

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Catch the Bus Week

11 Members of staff used the bus for free for a week as part of Catch the Bus Week 2015

Catch the Bus week sees staff across the North East offered the opportunity to Catch the Bus for free with free travel passes issued to staff who are prepared to forgo their car for a week and catch the bus instead.

Commuter Centre Manager, Laura McVittie said ‘Catch the Bus Week is a great opportunity for staff to try out commuting by bus and seeing how easy it can be. We’ve estimated a saving of at least £30 per person’

If you’re interested in learning more about traveling to Quorum via public transport, download our Travel Guide here:

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Wildlife Spotting Guide Launched

Learn the best spots to find wildlife on Quorum with our downloadable map!
Produced following the completion of a parkwide survey by Northumbria University Students, our Wildlife Map pinpoints the best spots onsite to see wildlife and labels ‘lunchtime hot spots’ areas we have identified as being the nicest spots to have lunch in!

Other areas of interest are our wildlife corridor, beehives and hedghog boxes.