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This thread is for discussions of developments in and around the Ouseburn area of town, as well as for our ideas on making the area a better place, or news about events and goings on.

If any of these projects begin construction, or if you feel they are big enough to warrant their own thread, then we can do that in the future.

Some of this info might be out of date, sites may have changed hands or plans changed due to the recession. If anyone knows of any other schemes let me know and i'll add them into the original post:

St Lawrence Apartments | Various | Approved:








Hotel Du Vin | 6 fl | Complete

This development consists of the conversion of the former Tyne Tees Shipping Company building on City Rd with a new build block at the rear (on Ouse St next to the Victoria Tunnel entrance).

Fire damage during construction in late 2007 was not as bad as was initially feared and has delayed the construction of this 42 room boutique hotel by only 5 months.




Ince Building | 5 fl | Approved

Designed by Hopper Howe Sadler, who comment:

Working closely with the Planning Authority and English Heritage we developed a scheme that provided 117 student spaces of varying sizes with some integral car and cycle parking. 190m2 commercial space located on the ground floor provides much-needed active frontage. Holding tanks and grey water recycling are specified to reduce the building's impact on the environment.

The 4067m2 of development has been carefully modelled to break up its mass and using the recommendations outlined in the Ouseburn Central Master Plan, respect is paid to the topography of the site and the materials found in the Ouseburn Valley.

The project gained planning approval in August 2007.




Stepney Bank Student Accomodation | 7 fl | Pre-Planning

Architects: Xsite Architecture

Client:
Connislow LLP

Brief:
280 bed new build student accommodation complex.

Design:
The site has frontages on both Stepney Bank and Byker Bridge. The concept of the design is to create two long linear buildings, which address Byker Bridge and Stepney Bank and each have their own distinctive character. In between the two buildings is a landscaped courtyard with oriel windows that prevent overlooking and add visual interest. The Byker Bridge block is tall and brightly coloured, to create a gateway statement from the route from Byker Bridge into town. This building also protects the courtyard area and Stepney Bank building from the pollution and noise of the busy road. The Stepney Bank block is smaller and steps down towards the Ouseburn valley, with a material palette of dark brick, zinc and glass.





7-17 Lime Street

This site, formerly Mama Pasta’s café and Euromart, on Lime St received planning permission for an amended scheme in 2007. The new permission excluded the original restaurant and includes 30 residential units, office space and a small retail unit.

Banks, the original owner, is negotiating to sell the site on to another developer who has recently tested the water on whether student housing in the proposed building would be acceptable.



Lower Steenbergs

This riverside site is owned by Newcastle City Council and covers approximately 0.8 hectares. The site itself is an important entrance into the Ouseburn Valley and presents an opportunity to create a large mixed-use development.

Interesting existing features include the former Maynards Toffee Factory chimney and the entrance to the Victoria Tunnel.

The City Council has marketed the site and is currently in negotiation with potential development partners to develop it.




Cumberland Arms Extension



Ouseburn Gateway | 11, 6 fl | Stalled

Terry Farrell's scheme for the corner site at the mouth of the Ouseburn was refused planning permission. Wimpey have sold the site to One North East. I think.



Byker Buildings

The Byker Buildings site is owned by Newcastle City Council and covers approximately 0.28 hectares. The site, currently an area of green space adjacent to the Cumberland Arms, is prominently situated at the top of Byker Bank, providing a vantage viewpoint into the Ouseburn Valley. It is visible from the Quayside, from across the Tyne and from several major routes into the city centre and the east end of Newcastle.

The area lies just outside the Ouseburn conservation area, to the south. The site previously contained flats which have been demolished to enable redevelopment. An approved Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) has been prepared to guide the redevelopment of the site.

St Lawrence Square

St Lawrence Square contained terraced flats built around the edge of St Lawrence Park. However, the increasingly unpopular flats are in the process of being progressively demolished to prepare for the redevelopment of the site. The development site covers approximately 4.63 hectares and consists of three areas of land on which the flats used to stand around an existing 1.5 hectare urban park. The site is currently predominantly City Council owned land, including the adopted public open space. The City Council is currently preparing a Supplementary Planning Document to guide the development of the site for sustainable family housing, and it is hoped that this document will be adopted in February 2008. The St Lawrence Square scheme is part of the ‘Byker Design Project’ which also includes the refurbishment and reuse of Bolam Coyne and the redevelopment of a large site at South Byker.



South Byker and Bolam Coyne

This site is situated approximately 0.5km to the East of St. Lawrence Square site and 2km from the city centre. The site is bordered by Walker Road to the south, Bolam Way to the west, Commercial Road to the north and St. Peter’s Road to the east. It is south facing, gently sloping towards to river and extends to 10.29 hectares. The site currently comprises predominantly City Council owned housing stock, a Council care home, with a small number of City Council owned commercially let premises. A small number of the homes are now privately owned. To the south of the site, bordering Walker Road sits an undeveloped area of open space . Previously earmarked for a south wall mirroring the development further up the hill, construction began in the late 1970’s, but was halted and the completed work demolished.




Ouseburn Barrage | Complete



Central Ouseburn Masterplan

Ouseburn Central is located in the heart of the Lower Ouseburn Valley. It is designated as a key regeneration area in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. The approved Regeneration Strategy for the Valley has assisted in stimulating its successful regeneration, with the redevelopment of historic buildings including the Centre for Children's Books (Seven Stories) and Woods Pottery, the provision of much demanded workspace assisted by public funding and the creation of high quality public realm.

The Ouseburn Central site sits at the hub of the whole Ouseburn Valley. It occupies a key strategic position at the confluence of many routes in, out and through the area. It is bounded by the Ouseburn Farm to the North and Cut Bank/Byker Bank, a major traffic route from the east end of the city to the Quayside to the South.

The aim of the Ouseburn Central Masterplan is to develop a proposal for site layout and mix of use together with a set of design principles and requirements which aim to satisfy the Councils vision of a sustainable urban village.

The Ouseburn Valley has a unique character and strong identity. Historically the area was a highly dense urban/industrial environment. Today art, music, culture, leisure, small businesses and the 'informal sector' all mix together and overlap to give a degree of vibrancy. Although a residential community is yet to become established within the valley, stakeholders, and a number of interested parties who use the Valley fiercely protect The Ouseburn's identity. It was felt therefore that it would be inappropriate to re-brand the area, dominate or overpower its existing character. Instead, the urban design process aims to draw out what is already there, build on and support the existing uses - work around and with, the remaining historic built fabric.

The opportunity exists to develop the Ouseburn Central Area as both catalyst and exemplar for sustainable, vibrant, urban living in the heart of the Newcastle conurbation.





Tyne Square

Tyne Square The ground level of the Tyne Square development comprises 3 self-contained leisure units totalling 9,825 sq ft (net) for a river-side restaurant, café bar and convenience store.



Spiller's Quay | Vision

Old Ryder HKS and Bellway scheme for the site next to Spiller's Quay, currently stalled and remains just a vision at this point in time.



Threadex Apartment Block

Having had two planning applications previously refused for the site, Threadex Developments commissioned FJ to put in a third and final application for this mix of office space and 1/2 bed apartments. Within a heavily political scenario, and using a focused consultation with local advisory groups, despite a lack of support from the local auhtority, planning approval was granted for the scheme in August 2006.
The scheme represents a second such scheme for the client in this key development area in Newcastle.


 

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Looks good... but all of this must have stalled as nothing has moved down here for months. The amount of student beds makes me a bit unhappy. I dont want some floppy haired gimp in a gilet interrupting my pint in the Cluny :lol:
 

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That threadex building looks pretty interesting. What's happening with it?
 

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One thing all of the above does prove is that despite lots and lots of work being done on numerous designs, applications and re-applications, and lots of money spent on this work, and on sites changing hands, nothing actually gets done in the Ouseburn. It's very frustrating, as for the 10 years I've been in Newcastle, there's always been so much talk about the place, and so little actual action.
 

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That's not especially unique to ouseburn though. I'm just wondering if there's been much research published in town planning journals that compares the proportions of projects that advance to construction in different cities, including the reasons for failure. Probably down to a whole range of factors such as market changes, nimbys, council policy etc.
 

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Haha, Toonlad's been out of uni five minutes and he's sick of students already! To be fair though, I'm not overly keen on the amount of student housing proposed for the area and I'm under the impression that there is more in the pipeline. It isn't an ideal location for students and although having some students there to create a mix of people, this isn't Shieldfield and shouldn't be treated as such simply because student housing is the only financially viable form of housing development at the moment. Besides, student housing is almost always pretty ugly as it's never given a decent enough budget and is made up of a huge volume of identical rooms. So putting a stripey pattern and a few quirky windows on it like Xsite (who have created some good stuff) have isn't going to create a decent building.

I'm also not amazingly impressed by the buildings proposed above. The Threadex one is quite quirky, but could be a little more so ideally. Tyne Sq looks like it should be in the city centre, possibly next to Jury's Inn... It doesn't reflect the character or spirit of the Ouseburn one bit. Arguably the same could be said of 7-17 Lime St (why use render here?) and the Ince Building.

The images of the Lower Steenburg's site are good though although that's a few years old now. The council really must hold out for the very best quality there or the Ouseburn will be filled with low quality anywhere development. For instance the second image shows little rounded blocks on top of the old Maynard's Toffee factory - these were proposed as being little business/office units built to look like teeth (Toffee? Teeth? Get it?) which I think could be brilliant if done well. If the city develops its sites down there well, the rest will have to at least make some effort to follow suit.

I also really wish the Castlefield basin in Manchester was used more as a prescendent, where the new buildings don't necessary look like old industrial buildings, but do fit well with them. Urban Splash create very expensive, tiny apartments, but their buildings do often have a decent architectural quality.
 

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Haha, Toonlad's been out of uni five minutes and he's sick of students already!
Its been 4 years now... but I did have the prvilege of working there until 5 weeks ago. Its amazing when you work on a campus how quickly the lifestyle you used to cherish starts to irritate you! Something about going to a dull meeting at 1pm and seeing people drinking on the union lawn inspires feelings of envy :)
 

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It was the City Development Company who bought the mouth of the Ouseburn site from Wimpey (Journal story here; earlier discussion on the old forum starting here). And the Terry Farrell scheme had in the end received planning permission, when an inspector overturned the City Council's refusal, which was a political response to a campaign by the regulars at the Free Trade pub, who didn't want anything on the site that was big enough to block their view. Given the history, it now seems unlikely that anything at all adventurous will happen under public sector ownership on a site which the East Quayside masterplan had set aside for a dramatic bookend. It'll probably be a car park and pumping station for many years.
 

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Its been 4 years now... but I did have the prvilege of working there until 5 weeks ago. Its amazing when you work on a campus how quickly the lifestyle you used to cherish starts to irritate you! Something about going to a dull meeting at 1pm and seeing people drinking on the union lawn inspires feelings of envy :)
I didn't realise it'd been that long, I thought you'd headed to Canada fresh from uni. Don't get me wrong, as I'm getting older (I'm a few years older than my classmates) I get pretty sick of the students too!
 

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It was the City Development Company who bought the mouth of the Ouseburn site from Wimpey (Journal story here; earlier discussion on the old forum starting here). And the Terry Farrell scheme had in the end received planning permission, when an inspector overturned the City Council's refusal, which was a political response to a campaign by the regulars at the Free Trade pub, who didn't want anything on the site that was big enough to block their view. Given the history, it now seems unlikely that anything at all adventurous will happen under public sector ownership on a site which the East Quayside masterplan had set aside for a dramatic bookend. It'll probably be a car park and pumping station for many years.
I can't see the city buying that site, bearing in mind the cost, to not do much with it. They'll still need to recover their costs, but hopefully with a more sensitive development. I actually really like the idea of the city acting as client for this site, and several others hopefully in the Ouseburn. I still think something dramatic could be done, just not something tall (which I think would be the wrong response for the site).

And I'm not sure, but did the original masterplan actually say that the site should have a "bookend" development there? I thought the plan, which the city appears keen to follow, was for the benefits of the Quayside to continue to spread East into Byker and even towards Walker...
 

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And I'm not sure, but did the original masterplan actually say that the site should have a "bookend" development there? I thought the plan, which the city appears keen to follow, was for the benefits of the Quayside to continue to spread East into Byker and even towards Walker...
It was Terry Farrell's masterplan, so I think he was sticking fairly close to it - I assume that's why Wimpey brought him in, after having their rather uninspired earlier schemes turned down.
 

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so it looks like 1NG are currently working with contractors to get detailed PP for refurbishment of Maynard's toffee factory on the lower steenberg's site in order to turn it into "managed ‘move-on’ business space aimed at the creative sector. "

This is what the official website says:

1NG is working to bring forward a vibrant mixed-use development which builds upon the character of the Ouseburn.

At its heart will be new commercial and residential accommodation. New commercial developments will be targeted at delivering space to small and medium-sized businesses in the creative industries sector - a niche market in which the Ouseburn excels.

At present, specialist consultants are establishing a viable development layout. 1NG will use the layout options to engage with key stakeholders, refine them further and progress through the planning and delivery stages.
 

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wonder if adrian pearson has been reading this thread...

Bid launched to regenerate formers Ouseburn toffee factory

Nov 9 2009 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal

A MULTI-million pound bid has been launched to turn a former toffee factory into a new home for Newcastle's creative industries.

City bosses want £6m to refurbish the Maynards toffee factory in Ouseburn to create offices for digital and media companies.

Power to carry out the plan has been tasked to the city development company 1NG, set up by council bosses at Newcastle and Gateshead.

Development bosses have said the riverside neighbourhood is one the key features in their plans to transform the “twin cities”.

In Ouseburn, the city developers have already snapped up land previously earmarked for a controversial tower block, said to have put at risk famous views of the River Tyne.

Elsewhere the two councils have backed plans to spend more than £23m producing a flagship science HQ in Newcastle and an £80m conference centre in Gateshead. With other projects still to be finalised the total cash spent by Jim McIntyre, head of the city development company, is well past £150m, bringing with it thousands of jobs over the next five years.

Mr McIntyre said he was confident the city could exploit the growth in hi-tech creative industries, similar to the games design jobs fuelling a sub-sector or the Teesside economy.

Last night, Byker councillor and regeneration specialist Nick Kemp welcomed plans to invest more cash in the Ouseburn area.

He said: “We’re talking about a fairly isolated, disused part of the Ouseburn, but one with real historical value and potential. I think any investment here will really improve the overall viability of the area.

“This really is a positive move that many people will think of as an excellent move for 1NG. We know any investment and regeneration will be difficult at the moment, but this could send out the right message to people, that the Ouseburn is an opportunity for them.”

Peter McIntyre, director of planning and programme management, said: “The Toffee Factory is an historical landmark building which is situated at the mouth of the Ouseburn. 1NG is investigating the feasibility of bringing the building back into productive use in support of the regeneration within the Ouseburn area.

“A business case has been submitted to ONE for their consideration.”

The £6m fund will include European cash set up to move the region away from infrastructure spending and into new industries.

A One North East spokesman said: “A business case has been received from partners at 1NG for the Toffee Factory refurbishment and is currently going through technical appraisal.”

http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2009/11/09/bid-launched-to-regenerate-formers-ouseburn-toffee-factory-61634-25120959/
 

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Decent projects? I'd hate to see a couple of poor quality ones coming forward and being hailed as a huge success story simply because something (anything) was being built during a recession...
 
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