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Ryder wins £10m Bedlington contest

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Ryder Architecture has won the competition to redevelop a 2.25 hectare town centre plot in Bedlington, Northumberland

The Newcastle-based practice defeated Leslie Jones Architecture in the final round of the contest which was organised by Northern Architecture.

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 £10 million project will regenerate a Tesco superstore site abandoned by the retail giant in January 2015.

Ryder’s winning scheme will deliver new retail, offices and public realm alongside family-sized starter homes on the prominent plot.

Local county councillor, Alyson Wallace commented: ‘This project will breathe new life into the town centre including new retail and residential facilities with new locations for easily accessible council services and will provide new opportunities for local families to get their feet on the first rung of the housing ladder.

‘I’m delighted that Ryder have been appointed. They have a proven track record in excellent quality design and I’m hoping that this exciting development for Bedlington will move on apace.’

Arch chair, Dave Ledger added: ‘The north east is covered with examples of Ryder’s buildings and we’re keen to create a new iconic town centre for Bedlington.

‘I’m delighted to see Bedlington investment picking up after years of failed initiatives and lots of talk. Now we’re seeing a fruitful partnership which is making use of public and private sector investment.’

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

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted later this year.




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