Studio Egret West has unveiled its masterplan to transform an area of abandoned former industrial land next to the River Tyne in South Shields. The massive mixed-use proposal will create five new neighbourhoods - with more than 1,300 new homes - on the 35ha brownfield site. Adopted by South Tyneside Council as its Strategic Development Framework, the scheme will reopen the waterfront to South Shields town centre and aims to generate around 3,400 jobs. Commercial space will be housed in four 'groynes', described as 'inland piers', and it is hoped the area will become a 'catalyst and test bed for new employment opportunities'. The scheme will also feature a new riverside park, dubbed New Shore, which is to be made from reclaimed glass, metal, tyres and wood, and is being hailed as the UK's first 100 per cent-recycled park.
Practice founder and urban designer David West said: 'Some 20 years of rediscovering industrial waterfronts in the UK has, for the most part, led to privatised enclaves. This strategy seeks a more sustainable, longer-term view that balances the desire for an employment-creating, entrepreneurial waterfront with the ambitions of a growing residential community.' The project is the second major masterplanning commission in the North East for the ex-Alsop duo. The pair also worked on the award-winning Middlehaven Regeneration masterplan in Middlesbrough, while at Alsop Architects.
Backed by development agency One NorthEast, the £500 million scheme has been developed with architectural planners AZ Urban Studio and RPS Planning.