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CABE DRESSES DOWN

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CABE has applauded Wayne Hemingway's aspirations for his Gateshead housing scheme but said they will not be achieved with the current design. CABE's design review committee said the scheme did not create a strong enough sense of place. And it warned that the repetition of the housing blocks and the spaces between them could lead to 'blandness'. The £70 million project by Red or Dead designer Hemingway for Wimpey will create 688 homes on the banks of the River Tyne. But CABE said it was concerned that the scheme, aimed at the high earner, could become a dormitory estate. And it questioned the quality of the architecture, which did not relate to the striking engineering of the neighbouring staithes.

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