A housing executive has returned to his family’s roots in the west end of Newcastle to oversee the redevelopment of Scotswood, the largest housing led regeneration project in the North East.
Joining the New Tyne West Development Company (NTWDC) as Development Director, Duncan Bowman has returned to the area which four generations of his family called home. In fact, his new office is located on Buddle Road where his mother used to live and his grandfather went to school.
Duncan’s father who was from Benwell relocated his family to Leicester where he was brought up and he has since spent 18 years years in the North West where he trained as Chartered Surveyor. He then embarked on a career in the housing industry, holding senior positions including Regional Director and Managing Director for a pair of house builders. These roles allowed Duncan to work extensively in partnership with councils, suppliers and residents on a number of large scale regeneration projects.
This robust portfolio of experience, his understanding of the unique requirements of this type of project and a personal connection with the area made Duncan the perfect candidate to deliver the £265m scheme.
Duncan commented: “I’m delighted to take up this position and be part of delivering significant benefit and lasting change in the West End of Newcastle. My family’s roots lie here and I know from them the sense of pride there is in the area. One of the aims of this project is to create a modern version of the old Scotswood - a vibrant and attractive community that can be enjoyed by generations to come.
“It’s a fantastic site with great views and I’m really looking forward to reaching the milestone of work beginning on the first house. We’re building high quality but affordable family homes which shall have the highest environmental credentials. Due to the scale of the development which also provides a range of community facilities, localised job creation, public open space and fantastic commuter links I anticipate that they will be hugely attractive to a broad range of purchasers”.
Around 1,800 new homes will be built over the next 15 years, all of which will be completely bespoke to the development and hugely significant to the region. The first phase will comprise 378 homes, along with a welcome pavilion, a sales village and an energy centre to provide a low carbon, heat and power solution to the homes on the development. Infrastructure works are well underway and construction of the first phase is due to begin early next year.