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Leslie Jones and Ryder vie for Bedlington regeneration

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Leslie Jones Architecture and Ryder Architecture have been shortlisted to redevelop a 2.25 hectare plot in Bedlington town centre

The two studios were chosen from a longlist which included Letts Wheeler Architects, BDP and Xsite Architecture.

The full longlist

  • Leslie Jones Architecture
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Letts Wheeler Architects
  • BDP
  • Xsite Architecture

Backed by Northumberland County Council’s development company – ‘Arch’ – the project will regenerate a Tesco superstore site abandoned by the retail giant in January.

A total of 24 expressions of interest were submitted to the contest which was organised by Newcastle’s architecture centre, Northern Architecture.

Located around 16 kilometres northeast of Newcastle, Bedlington is expected to see a 20 per cent growth in households over the next 20 years.

Arch purchased the land in July in a bid to deliver a ‘sustained, lasting regeneration’ for the town.

The two finalists’ rival proposals featured in a public exhibition held on the competition site last month.

The winning team – set to be announced later this month – will be appointed lead architect for the development which is planned to be delivered over the next five years.

An outline planning application will be submitted later this year.




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