• Thu. Apr 18th, 2024

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Historic Move for PB Imaging

A North East company using state of the art visualisation techniques has moved to a new office, once occupied by a legendary photographer and inventor in the last century.

PB Imaging, who create computer generated images and video for the construction industry, has moved to 18 Station Road in Whitley Bay.

From the early 1900s to the 1950s this was the studio of photographer Gladstone Adams, who was Newcastle United’s official photographer and also the inventor of the windscreen wiper. He was a councillor and became chairman of Whitley Bay Urban District Council.

PB Imaging was set up 10 years ago by architectural visualiser Peter Bailey. Peter has always lived in Cullercoats except for studying at university.

In the 1960s Peter’s grandparents also owned two shops in Station Road, just three doors down from the new office. They ran a home bakery which sold buckets and spades and everything holidaymakers needed for the beach.

Peter said: “I had been looking for a new office with more space, and a better work life balance since our son was born last year. When I found these premises, closer to home and with the family and business connections, it seemed like it was meant to be.”

PB Imaging works on projects across the UK and internationally for architects and developers, creating images and photoreal animations used in planning applications and marketing. The company is currently working with international clients based in Australia, Norway and Dubai.

In the North East the team has worked on projects including the proposals to redevelop Tynemouth Outdoor Pool, Northumberland County Council’s new headquarters in Ashington, Longhirst Hall redevelopment, and projects for both Newcastle and Northumbria Universities.

Peter added: “Given his photographic expertise and interest in technology, I like to think that Gladstone Adams would approve of the work we’re doing here today.”