Ryder & Yates, Pair's Design Still Force for Good

ryder and yates engineering research station edge
Tony Henderson

Newcastle Journal Live
THE architect Peter Yates once began a lecture with the quote that a city should be “for the convenience of its inhabitants and a surprise to its visitors”.
Well, the Tyneside architectural practice of Peter Yates and Gordon Ryder certainly sprang a few surprises over 30 years from the formation of the partnership in 1953.
Their modernist style produced projects such as the 1965 Norgas House, the first major building in Killingworth New Town in North Tyneside.Two years later they followed up with the award-winning and now listed Engineering Research Station, also in Killingworth, which was later used as offices by North Tyneside Council.
Among Ryder and Yates buildings in Newcastle are MEA House, studios 1 and 5 at the former Tyne Tees TV in City Road, the nearby Salvation Army Men’s Palace overlooking the Tyne and the Vickers factory on Scotswood Road.
The importance of Ryder and Yates has now been recognised by a new book in a series on 20th Century architects by Riba Publishing, English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society.
Not only is it the first book in the series, but Ryder and Yates is the only practice outside London to be featured.
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'Cinema's Classic Pictures see the Light'

Article, David Whetstone, Newcastle Journal, December 15th, 2006
‘Cinema's Classic Pictures see the Light’

Tyneside Cinema article Peter Yates artist Newcastle upon Tyne edge
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ODEChair @ Biscuit Factory Summer Exhibition

Jolyon Yates at the Biscuit Factory Art Gallery Newcastle edge

Press Release, 8 June 2009

We're pleased to announce
Series 3 of the ODEChairs rocking chairs and stools : the Savannah Rocker III, Ocean Rocker III, Leaf Stool III and various new Stingray Stools. The revisions amount to evolutions in form, utility, construction and finish.
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Restored Peter Yates Mural Unveiled at the Tyneside Cinema

 Peter Yates Mural Tyneside Cinema Newcastle edgePhotograph : E Ganzert
WC Fields features in this distorted image of the mural.

Also on the night of April the 23rd,
Peter Yates’ freshly renovated 1976 mural entitled “Shadows and Light” was unveiled at the newly reopened Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle. “It portrays a potted history of moving pictures, starting with a Victorian zoetrope machine and ending with an Andy Warhol-inspired portrait of Marilyn Monroe”.
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