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Winners of Newcastle regeneration contest revealed

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Riches Hawley Mikhail, AWP, Feix Merlin and Featherstone Young have been chosen to work on developer Igloo’s mixed-use regeneration of Malmo Quay in Newcastle

The practices were picked from a shortlist of nine outfits vying for jobs on the Urbed- masterplanned riverside scheme.

Riches Hawley Mikhail beat local studio +3 Architecture and Metropolitan Workshop to be named the lead architect.

Paris-based AWP and Feix Merlin were meanwhile chosen to design a new cycle hub and café.

Featherstone Young meanwhile won a residential block with mixed-use units below.

Other outfits which failed to win work were Mawson Kerr, Konishi Gaffney Berlin-based Magma.

David Roberts, development director at Igloo, said: ‘On the eastern end of Newcastle city centre, Ouseburn’s position on the Tyne gorge creates dramatic changes in elevation with fantastic views across the river. The area’s industrial heritage, existing buildings and bridges across the Tyne are also expected to be reflected in the designs.’ 

He continued: ‘The four winning entries for the architects’ competition, selected from nine submissions in a process managed by igloo and Northern Architecture, will recognise the world class potential of the area, which was recently listed as one of the UK’s top 10 up and coming places to live by The Sunday Times.’

Work began on the first phase of the regeneration scheme – a 76-home eco-housing project designed by Ash Sakula – last year.

The winning schemes are expected to start on site in spring 2015.

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The shortlist of architects lined up to work on developer Igloo’s regeneration of Newcastle’s Malmo Quay has been revealed

London-based Riches Hawley Mikhail and Metropolitan Workshop are up against local practice +3 Architecture in the race to become the lead architect on the Urbed-designed masterplan (pictured).

Mawson Kerr, Konishi Gaffney, Featherstone Young, Feix & Merlin, Paris-based AWP and Berlin-based Magma Architecture are all working on plans for a smaller part of the scheme.

The work up for grabs includes two housing projects each comprising 50 apartments, a café, a restaurant and a cycle hub.

David Roberts, development director at Igloo, said: ‘As the gateway to Ouseburn, Malmo Quay will be a high-profile development and we are looking for imaginative ideas that combine the character of the Quayside with the creativity of the Ouseburn Valley.

‘We have invited nine world-class architectural firms to submit their designs based on a combination of our previous experience, new firms we had researched and recommendations from people we respect.’

Sarah Featherstone, director of shortlisted practice Featherstone Young, added: ‘Malmo Quay has great potential and as the entrance to the Ouseburn Valley, it deserves a top-quality development that will appeal to both residents and newcomers to the area.’

Work began on the first phase of the regeneration scheme – a 76-home eco-housing project designed by Ash Sakula – last year.

The successful architect is expected to be named at the end of the month, and work on the winning designs is planned for spring 2015

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