Building a New Vision

Once the roof was rebuilt the original façade came to life. Brick by brick a new chapter in the Life of Concept emerged. Left derelict and unloved for years, the sensitive restoration and regeneration of 157 captured the imagination of local residents, many of whom have lived in or around Gosforth over generations. This summer, we relocated across the road to a new home, a building once neglected and shut off from the world, to a revitalised place full of expectation and hope. From the deeds, in 1885 ‘a conveyance of the land was made between Gosforth Park Estate Ltd and Mr William Turton and Daniel Busbey, (containing) restrictive covenants’. Our building, cornering both Ivy Road and the High Street had it’s own metamorphosis; as a former stable, a coach house, a tram station and bank. No.157 is steeped in history and, what a privilege it is for us to occupy this space.

Gosforth once known as Bulman Village, transformed over time from a rural landscape to a thriving row of trade. When the Romans arrived here in 55AD, local people bred geese on the nearby River Ouseburn. The land became known as ‘Goose Ford’. The High Street was part of a trunk route stretching from London to Edinburgh and, in 1902 was linked by tramway to Wallsend, the racing course and the centre of Newcastle. A gentleman who first came to the old Concept as a patient was born in the 1900’s. It was a privilege to hear his nostalgic recollections of the high street: it’s theatre palaces, grand houses, stone front shops a splendid tree lined avenue, wide enough for carriages.

Our relocation plan for Concept Eye Clinic is about sustainability and the development of a vital eye health care provision located in the heart of the local community. After over a decade tenancy with Gosforth Shopping Centre, No.157 seeks to build a new creative space through the trust ascribed to our people. With scientific advancements in optometry, it provides, beautifully displayed new frame collections and state-of-the-art clinical facilities with Zeiss technology to offer advanced vision care in a relaxed environment. Our lives are busy enough. There will be no compromise here at this opticians on the best eye examinations possible for you and your family.

“We are creating something special for local people to enjoy. Complex architectural and technological engineering, combining art, medical science and traditional carpentry. Strong contrasting relationships. Concept has become more than a clinic”

Peter Deverell
Architectual Technologist

Temporary Closure: COVID-19

Operating Emergency and Essential Eyecare only.

This includes replacement glasses, deliveries and contact lens replenishment.
Gosforth: 0191 2851603         
Tynemouth: 0191 2966124

We will reply to your queries within 4 working hours.

Covid -19 FAQ's

Whilst transmission is via viral respiratory particles we know that viral particles can be found in the tears and this can cause viral conjunctivitis. It is probable that the affected individual will experience primary symptoms such as fever and cough.

The latest advice for contact lens wearers is that there is no evidence to date that contact lens wear should be avoided by healthy individuals, or that contact lens wearers are more at risk of contracting coronavirus then those wearing spectacles.
To help maintain healthy contact lens wear, all contact lenses wearers should follow correct lens wear and care instructions, including thoroughly washing and drying your hands before handling, applying and removing your contact lenses. Spectacles should be washed regularly using warm soapy water. In the absence of the diagnosis of COVID-2 and in the absence of symptoms of fever, cough, red eye or discharge and provided that scrupulous hygiene is practised then contact lens wear is permissible. Social distancing ( minimum of 2m) should be exercised. Spectacle wear would be the preferred mode of sight correction or daily wear contact lens wear.

We offer an emergency replenishment service to our own patients . Simply email. We will ask some clinical questions in the absence of conducting a review and accordingly will arrange a delivery.

If you experience any sudden change / loss in your vision, pain, redness, flashes and floaters (black spots) in your vision or any other concerns related to your eyes, Please send us an email to If you do not have access to email, please telephone 0191 2851603. We will respond within 4 working hours with the most appropriate advice.

We offer an emergency reglazing service to our own patients’ frames. Simply email and we will arrange a delivery and reglazing service.

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