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Egret West lands ‘biggest ever’ job

[First look + video] Studio Egret West has been selected as part of a team to deliver a £347 million residential scheme in Gateshead

Appointed lead masterplanner, architect and landscape architect last week, Egret West will now work with S333, Alison Brooks Architects and Red Box Design on the project.

The 70ha development on the city’s former Rail Freight Depot site is backed by a joint venture between Gateshead Council and Evolution Gateshead - a consortium of Home Group and Galliford Try - and will create 2,400 new homes over the next 20 years.

David West of Studio Egret West said: ‘Evolution Gateshead, or EG, for short will deliver exemplar homes and neighbourhoods to stimulate the transformational change of Gateshead’s housing stock.

‘EG or “for example” is one of the mantras of the project.

‘Too often the UK profession finds itself pinning up snap shots of Malmo in Sweden or Freiburg in Germany or Borneo Sporenburg in the Netherlands as the answer to our housing challenges.

‘A project of the scale of Gateshead BIG releases the opportunity to deliver a plethora of examples of sustainable homes and communities on a par with the rest of Europe but relevant to this country.’  

According to Alison Brooks each of the projects 19 sites will contain  public spaces and parks. She said: ‘Our team is bringing holistic, ecology-based masterplanning and a fantastically diverse range of housing designs to Gateshead’.

Red Box Design chairman Alan Smith described the project as a ‘renaissance’ for Gateshead and said: ‘This regeneration programme will bring further acclaim to the south side of the River Tyne’.

Dominic Papa of S333 Architecture and Urbanism added: ‘As we all know Gateshead in the past has delivered significant regeneration in the form of iconic structures such as The Baltic, Angel of the North and the Sage Centre.

‘This is the next exciting step’.

  • The scheme’s promotional video:

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