Egret West leads £350m Gateshead homes plan
Studio Egret West is heading a team of four practices picked to work on a £350 million scheme to build 2,500 homes across a series of sites in Gateshead.
The practice is masterplanner and lead designer on the project which will see work at 19 sites carried out over the next 15-20 years.
Studio Egret West has been joined by Alison Brooks, S333 and local firm Redbox Design as part of a joint venture called Evolution Gateshead, which has seen Gateshead Council team up with housebuilder Galliford Try and social housing firm Home Group.
Studio Egret West’s plans are for a former rail freight depot in Felling, which borders the Baltic Quays area of Gateshead. The practice’s scheme is expected to be the first to kick off the work early next year.
Partner David West said the entire scheme would encompass a range of housing styles.
“It will be a complete mix, ranging from a village to suburban locations to a city centre,” he said.
The process of finding a preferred developer began in November 2008 with 15 teams whittled down to nine the following February. Evolution Gateshead pipped remaining rival Compendium, which included social housing firms Riverside Group and Lovell Partnership. Around 600 homes will be given over to social housing with all homes built to Code Level 4.
Alison Brooks will design close to 200 homes in the Birtley Northside site which will be a mixture of terraced homes and town houses.
She hailed the local authority for pressing on with leading housebuilding architects.
“They are an enlightened local authority with serious architectural ambitions,” she said. “They want Gateshead to be an exemplary city that can turn itself around and transform its image not just in terms of public buildings but housing as well.”
Other sites included in the 70ha development are Rowlands Gill, Chopwell, Bensham and Saltwell. Gateshead Council, which will eventually own all the sites being developed, said they will be a mixture of greenfield and brownfield.