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Ash Sakula reveals Newcastle homes plan

Ash Sakula is set to submit an planning application for 76 homes on brownfield land next to the River Ouseburn, close to Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The £9.5 million scheme for developer Carillion Igloo features a mix of terrace houses, four-storey apartment blocks and courtyard houses.

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The architect’s view

There are seventy six houses and flats, eighteen of them affordable, with two main residential types; the terraced house, generally three storeys high with a small garden behind; and a variant of the Tyneside flat, where one maisonette is stacked over the other to create four storey units. The lower flat has a garden, the upper flat has a large terrace over the roof of the adjoining three storey house. Other house types include tower houses and courtyard houses, used appropriately in different parts of the layout. All homes will achieve CfSH Level 4 by adopting a fabric first approach, incorporating mechanical ventilation with heat recovery and Passivehaus levels of airtightness and insulation

The terraces run up and down the contours rather than along them. This creates a drama of inclined streets with a syncopated roofline whose rhythms are emphasized by avoiding running the terraces in completely straight lines.

We have aimed to create some clear foci to the layout, primarily with a triangular-shaped space in the centre of the scheme running down to the river, and also with some less formal community magnets such as small allotment plots, and shared recycling spaces.

We want to encourage mixed uses within the scheme, for commercial, community and social enterprise uses, which leaven the mix and enliven the waterside.

We have avoided repetition. Each house is different, each open space within the project has a different character, in terms of its slope, its sense of enclosure, and the vistas it provides. As well as the shared surface vehicular streets running down to the river, we have provided pedestrian only paths along the contours running through the whole project.

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