Gateshead Regeneration Partnership Media Invitation
17 Nov 2014

WHAT: Completion of the first house in a £350 million, 2,400 home regeneration programme – one of the largest such projects in the UK.

WHERE: The Sycamores, off Mount Pleasant Road, Birtley, DH3 1RY

WHEN: Friday November 21st 2014 at 11:30am

WHO: Gateshead Council cabinet member for Housing, Cllr. Malcolm Graham; Managing Director of Galliford Try Partnerships North, Stephen McCoy and Chairman of Home Group, Bob Davies.

The first home in a £350 million programme designed to transform the quality and choice of housing in Gateshead will be completed and opened.

The 20 year initiative will regenerate 19 sites across the borough, delivering over 2,400 new homes for private sale and affordable tenures, along with community facilities and public spaces, which will help to promote sustainable and long lasting communities.

The Gateshead Regeneration Partnership (GRP) comprises the council, Galliford Try Partnerships and Home Group. It has engaged some of the UK’s most innovative residential architects to deliver strikingly designed properties which will provide a step-change in the quality of housing. Linden Homes – Galliford Try’s housebuilding division – will market the homes for sale.

Such is the scope of this innovative and groundbreaking project that before a brick had been laid it was named as the Best Public/Private Partnership in the Local Government Chronicle Awards.

All the homes will exceed current space and design standards and will be delivered to achieve, as a minimum, level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. They also meet Lifetime Homes, Secure by Design and Homes and Community Association standards.

The four bedroomed Villa view home is on a development known as The Sycamores, off Mount Pleasant Road in Birtley. This site will eventually feature 192 three and four bedroomed semi and detached homes for sale.

Tiered gardens make the best possible use of the naturally sloping site - maximising views over the countryside and to the Angel of the North. A landscaped wildlife corridor – with a well equipped children’s play area - will run the length of the development.

Other GRP schemes in the pipeline are at Saltwell Road West, where 104 homes, mainly for first and second time buyers, will be constructed and at Avon Street in Deckham where 16 affordable rental units will be managed and maintained by Home Group.


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