What saddens me is that Newcastle used to have great local architects, but SQ and this were completed by architects elsewhere and are generally good while that cr*p at the bottom of Forth banks and hanover square were by locals.This looks to be an excellent proposal and needs to be approved asap. Importantly it has interaction at street level, which Stephenson MSCP and the West1 tower completely fail to provide.
It seems that any good quality newcastle based practices have to fight it out on a national stage for high profile work around the UK, whereas local development is chucked around by the smaller practices that sometimes don't seem to know that they are doing.
Back to the subject, I really hope this development can kick start a greater regeneration of all land West of forth banks and Calders yard. I can see a mixed use overall urban development dynamically related to the bridges above and topography at its base. This could then slowly transgress to townhouses and family streets all providing opportunities for people to live pleasantly near the city centre so we may have to dig up the countryside to built godawful antisocial pantomime of the past suburban houses a little less.
Pottery lane and the stepped link could create a spine for the development, perpendicular to other accesses back up to the city. It would be really nice if we could have a head to this spine at SQ with a metro station at the end of the QE 2 bridge. Although it is close to central, so what? The point is if it will actually get some footfall, which it would. It would also allow the future developments to be more urban by reducing the need to provide space killing and profit gobbling car parking.
I think I may be getting ahead if myself here