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Old August 15th, 2013, 10:19 PM   #41
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a bit harsh, some of us have to live here you know ;-)

the front street is fine as long as you after a bet, a fish supper or a tattoo

seriously though another delay on morrisons dosnt bode well for it ever starting...
AFAIK, all contracts are signed and its down to simply waiting for Morbaine to give Watkins Jones the go-ahead

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Old August 22nd, 2013, 06:41 PM   #42
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Morrisons, Durham Road, Birtley (Site Including And To The Rear Of Former Somerfield Supermarket) - changes to scheme

This on Gateshead Planning portal 22/08/13 as Granted

DC/13/00724/NMA

Proposed non-material amendment to application DC/12/00980/FUL to allow a number of minor design changes including; repositioning the pedestrian access from Beaconsfield Terrace, increased vertical clearance to footbridge, service road level changes, related retaining structures, introduction of atrium security shutters, relocation of cycle parking and details of off site highway works.

Land At Durham Road (Site Including And To The Rear Of Former Somerfield Supermarket) Birtley DH3 1DB

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=MO7VLIHK08J00


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Old September 2nd, 2013, 11:16 PM   #43
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Could you post an update/summary of what was said?

Would love to attend but working.
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Old September 4th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #44
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Date Set for Birtley Redevelopment

This from Gateshead Council website 04/09/13

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Date Set for Birtley Redevelopment

The date has been set for the start of work on a supermarket-led redevelopment project in the heart of a Tyneside town.

Work on the creation of a brand new 25,000 sq. ft. Morrisons Supermarket on Durham Road in Birtley is set to begin on September 23. The new store, which will replace an out of use Somerfield store and a former Council depot, is expected to create 250 jobs.


Contractors will move onto the site on September 8 to start preparatory works. This will include the closure of the car park immediately behind the former store. New car parking is part of the replacement development.

Developers Morbaine will be meeting with local businesses this week to discuss the project and any disruptions.


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Mike Kennedy, representing the main contractor Watkin Jones and Sons said “We are proud as a company to have been awarded the contract to build this prestige retail development and look forward to, once again, working in partnership with the developer Morbaine, who we have successfully worked with on numerous schemes, throughout the country, in recent years.


Full article on http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council%...velopment.aspx

Hopefully will find out more this evening when attending meeting to be held at The Hub, Harraton Tce, Birtley, start 1800

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Old September 4th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #45
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Sadly couldn't attend as I was hoping to. I did see Dave Anderson locally earlier so I assume he was at the event?

Hope the meeting event went well and that Birtley can move onwards and upwards so to speak!
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Old September 4th, 2013, 10:05 PM   #46
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment -meeting of 04/09/13 at The Hub, Birtley

Reference the start date of 08 September 2013 noted in Gateshead Council News Release ( last post) have just returned from a well attended (30+ people including MP Dave Anderson, local councillors, ex local councillor, local residents and occupants of retail properties etc) and it was stated the date for commencement of the works is to be 23 September 2013 (provision of contractor's cabins etc 1 week before that date).

The 08 September 2013 date is for the closure of northern car park area.

Had meet up with personnel from Morbaine (developer), Main Contractor, Watkin Jones and Sons, project architect and project QS and following discussion with them including showing them what SSC site is about I seem to have set up a relationship that will allow me escorted access inside the site area to take progress pictures for use on this forum, on The Birtley Community Partnership website and for display purposes within The Hub Office - much better than taking snaps at arms length over the top of hordings or via small apertures, so many thanks for that facilty.

http://www.watkinjones.com/ website gives information about the firm, Head Office at Llandygai Industrial Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4YH - they have worked on developments in Newcastle City centre including Melbourne St student accommmodation

The Hub being the office accommodation on Harraton Terrace, Birtley, Chester-le- Street, Co Durham of the Birtley Community Partnership whose website is http://www.birtleycommunitypartnership.org.uk/

More to follow in due course including

Photographs of the "display drawings" which give quite a lot of information of materials to be utilised on the project etc

Brief description of the works, programmed timing of events etc

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Old September 4th, 2013, 10:42 PM   #47
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It's actually happening then!

I think this will be fantastic for Birtley and well done Ken on getting some contacts built in, how did you manage that one? We'll be having you in MI5 shortly!
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Old September 4th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #48
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It's actually happening then!

I think this will be fantastic for Birtley and well done Ken on getting some contacts built in, how did you manage that one? We'll be having you in MI5 shortly!
I was asked by the people at The Hub (via private messages on SSC) to allow my photographs to be used on their website and in their office and it just went from there.

Having the Birtley people on board helped a bit but 38 years of dealing with construction professionals in a work capacity makes it easy to deal with a group of like minded people

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Old September 4th, 2013, 11:27 PM   #49
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I look forward to seeing the development of my old hometown.

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Old September 4th, 2013, 11:27 PM   #50
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment -meeting of 04/09/13 at The Hub, Birtley post 2 of 3

Follow up to post #47

Further information passed to those in attendance included the following scanned images and pictures by myself of displayed information:-

Notice of Car Park closure with good aerial picture of proposed development - to be displayed by others in as many shop windows etc to inform everyone



This picture from displayed information



Architectural drawings of the scheme, some "exploded" to show more information - thanks to Morbaine and Architect Gordon White Hood for allowing me permission to show these photographs of their work on here














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Old September 4th, 2013, 11:29 PM   #51
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment -meeting of 04/09/13 at The Hub, Birtley post 3 of 3

Post 3 of 3 this date

Follow up to post #47

Further information passed to those in attendance included the following scanned images and pictures by myself of displayed information:-

Architectural drawings of the scheme, some "exploded" to show more information - thanks to Morbaine and Architect Gordon White Hood for allowing me permission to show these photographs of their work on here (continued)





and Programme of the Works



Information passed verbally to those in attendance included:-

Phasing of road closures from Durham Rd so as to facilitate road works, sewer and service diversions - at all times maintaining access to rear of those adjacent properties

Access to site area for Contractor's vehicles to be from Station Lane into area currently ex Council Depot Yard

Demolition of Somerfield supermarket to commence early in programme

Piling work will be of auger bored type (no driven piles) and will include in region of 900 piles each approx 300 - 450mm diameter x a depth of approx 20m

Steel structure in region of 800 tonne

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Old September 5th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #52
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment - Dave Anderson MP

Scanned copy of article on page 33 of The Chronicle dated 05/09/13 (reworked by myself due its length) - hosted on Photobucket




Dave will no doubt be following this thread, the one for Blaydon Town Centre (next to his constituency office) and the Gateshead Area Developments thread having been given links to this area of the forum by myself when I met up with him last evening

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Old September 5th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #53
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I find the entranceway on Durham Road a bit of a bizarre design. I can understand they probably didn't want to break up the streetscape but it's a kind of needless over-elaboration. It's not really going to fool anyone that there's not a massive supermarket shed behind it.

Was this a requirement of planning permission?
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Old September 6th, 2013, 04:17 PM   #54
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I find the entranceway on Durham Road a bit of a bizarre design. I can understand they probably didn't want to break up the streetscape but it's a kind of needless over-elaboration. It's not really going to fool anyone that there's not a massive supermarket shed behind it.

Was this a requirement of planning permission?

From what I recall, the development includes new land that wasn't attached to the supermarket (the old Morrrisons Construction Depot) which is set quite far back from the main road.

I think they also had to provide local businesses with some retail units and with the building being on stilts the car park underneath the building probably had an effect on design.

I quite like it and it fits in better with Durham Road
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Old September 9th, 2013, 06:39 PM   #55
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Despite press, the car park on Durham Road was still fully open and functioning this afternoon. I asked a council worker and he said it was all starting September 23rd as per above press releases. I assume car park date was a target and usual things kept it delayed

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Old October 1st, 2013, 03:21 PM   #56
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment - status 01/10/13

As scheme was scheduled to have started made a visit on Tuesday 01/10/13 AM to see what was in progress and took some pictures approx 1030 to show temporary fence in place to part of car park area, ongoing service cut offs etc (gas and what seemed to be street lighting in progress) and sign erected to Durham Rd elevation of former supermarket













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Old October 1st, 2013, 10:25 PM   #57
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don't know if the sign on the building in the 1st picture is prophetic or ironic
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Old October 16th, 2013, 11:23 AM   #58
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Birtley Morrisons Redevelopment -minor alterations to scheme

This on Gateshead Planning Portal in week commencing 14/10/13 as "Granted"

DC/13/01162/NMA

Proposed NON MATERIAL AMENDMENT to permission DC/12/00980/FUL to allow a number of minor design changes including alterations to the elevations and roof of the Durham Road frontage units and reconfigured hard and soft landscaping areas (amended 19/09/13).

Land At Durham Road DH3 1DB

http://public.gateshead.gov.uk/onlin...=MT81X6HK08J00


3 pages of information, drawings etc with this change and for once I have been able to open so as to view them

Planning seem to be using "Land At Durham Road DH3 1DB" without any reference to Supermarket etc for scheme so will have to keep a watch out for further applications under this title

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Old October 16th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #59
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I drove through Birtley and down Station Lane last week Ken and noticed there appears to be a site entrance down there now.
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Old October 16th, 2013, 03:05 PM   #60
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I drove through Birtley and down Station Lane last week Ken and noticed there appears to be a site entrance down there now.
Thanks for tip off - think possible visit next week weather permitting

Yes - that was commented on when the meeting was held at The Hub a few weeks back

Residents seemed surprised when it was mentioned

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