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Competition: Byker Estate, Newcastle

The Byker estate by Ralph Erskine
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The Byker Community Trust (BCT) is recruiting a design team for a major public realm overhaul of its Grade II*-listed estate in Newcastle Upon Tyne

The multidisciplinary team chosen for the £160,000-to-£200,000 contract will devise a programme of environmental improvements for the entire 1,800-unit estate, which was designed by Ralph Erskine and constructed between 1969 and 1982.

The project, planned to complete in 2020, will upgrade car parking; improve signage, public entrances and landscaping; repair original road surfaces and brickwork; upgrade bin stores; install solar panels; restore communal hobby rooms and play areas; and replace flower beds and hedges.

In its brief, the trust says it wants ‘the design team will be expected to work with BCT and a range of partners during the design process to understand the issues in managing the estate, in particular, the steering group and Byker residents to understand their concerns and current neighbourhood priorities for environmental improvements.

‘They will be required to produce a design specification that is affordable, meets the requirements of Historic England, balances both BCT and tenant priorities, addresses future maintenance requirements, meets the lifestyle and expectations of our tenants and impacts positively on the future sustainability of the estate, enhancing tenancy sustainability and the net present value of our assets. The estate redesign must seek to improve the quality of lives of people living on our estate.’

The Byker Estate replaced a large area of Victorian slum terraced housing east of the Ouseburn Valley close to the centre of Newcastle. The 80ha, mostly low-rise development includes an unbroken block of 620 maisonettes known as the Byker Wall.

A major £210 million overhaul of the estate was completed 10 years ago. BCT took ownership of the development six years ago following a stock transfer from Newcastle City Council.

The latest project will include public-realm enhancements, new CCTV, landscaping, planting and lighting, safe play areas and an exercise trail.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 14 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Mark Berry
Byker Community Trust
17 Raby Cross
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel: +44 1912302100
Email: mark.berry@todd-milburn.co.uk 

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