An area of Newcastle famed for the warmth of its community spirit is welcoming residents to the first new homes built in over a generation.
The Rise at Scotswood is the largest housing led regeneration site in the North of England and is currently being delivered at pace.
All homes within the first sales release have been snapped up and the new properties on release are now also selling fast. As a result, the scheme is running ahead of schedule, with over 100 homes currently under construction.
Eventually 1,800 new sustainable homes will be created on the riverside site. Of the 377 properties in the first phase, 58 will be for affordable rent or shared ownership through the Thirteen Group.
Breathing new life into the west end of Newcastle, The Rise is a £265 million venture, being driven by a public private partnership known as the New Tyne West Development Company.
It comprises Newcastle City Council, Barratt Homes and Keepmoat Homes and has the support of the Homes and Communities Agency which provided funding for the initial upfront infrastructure works.
The project is delivering economic and community regeneration alongside the improvements to the built environment. Eight apprentices have been taken on and five more will start this year. Local labour is at work and workshops have been staged to help small local firms bid to be part of the programme.
Local residents and schoolchildren have been involved throughout the planning process and even chose the street names. Educational projects around construction and the environment are planned for the new school year.
Duncan Bowman, Development Director, said: “This project has been eagerly anticipated and I am delighted that people can now see the positive change which it is already bringing to the area.
“Due to our early sales success the challenge has changed to one of delivering homes more quickly than planned. This means the new residents at the Rise together with the existing community can look forward to the economic and social benefits that this will deliver for the area even more quickly.”
The Rise enjoys stunning views across the valley to the Angel of the North and tiered gardens across the sloping 66 hectare site. The eco-friendly homes are being supplied with hot water and heating from a neighbourhood energy centre, run by E.ON. The complex has been designed so that, at a later date, it can also generate electricity.
The Rise will also include community and commercial facilities, parks and public open spaces to help new residents get to know the neighbours. Barber Heather Wills has moved from Aberdeen and said: “It’s such good value and you can just tell, when you look around, what a lovely development this is going to be.”
Joe Haley and his partner Hannah Edmondson bought their first home at The Rise. He said: “We were renting in Gateshead and came to see the development speculatively. We liked it straight away and when we saw the show homes, we knew it was the place for us.”
Quantity surveyor Joey Dunn, who works for Barratt Homes, is also moving in and says: “The site is beautifully designed, offering fantastic views across the river and the house I have chosen definitely has the wow factor.”