The Rise at Scotswood, is leading the regeneration of Newcastle’s West End.
The award winning £265 million project is the product of a public/private joint venture - the New Tyne West Development Company - comprising Newcastle City Council and developers Barratt Homes and Keepmoat.
Around 1,200 terraced homes were cleared from the sloping and uneven 60 hectare site on the banks of the Tyne. With Homes and Communities Agency backing, modern, sustainable properties for sale and rent are addressing the growing housing need.
The vision is that by 2025, The Rise will be a diverse, sustainable and successful community of around 6,000 people living in approximately 1,800 well designed, modern, energy efficient homes.
Construction materials achieve exemplary Green Guide ratings, with all insulation having a global warming potential of five or less. A district energy system will reduce carbon emissions by 35% while energy efficient white goods, smart meters, low flow taps, water butts and recycling and composting facilities ensure that The Rise reaches Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
Though building only began in 2013, the project is already kick starting economic revival. The influx of workers has boosted local businesses, while among the construction jobs created are 14 apprenticeships. Local supply chain opportunities have also been gratefully received.
Underpinning this is the revitalisation of existing facilities and the creation of new ones, to help integrate The Rise into the existing community. For example, at the Bridgewater Primary School, teaching assistants were part funded to help achieve ‘Outstanding’ ratings in four Ofsted inspection areas - placing the school among the UK’s top 20%.
Not surprisingly the development has proved extremely popular - especially with local buyers. Around 80% of sales have been to people living within 10 miles with homes being snapped up almost as soon as they are released.
Around 15% of the homes are being provided for affordable rent and shared ownership and the first tenants have already moved in.
The Rise has already won a regional Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors award and is a finalist in next month’s (July 2015) national Royal Town Planning Institute Awards. It is also one of only a handful of UK developments to achieve ‘Outstanding’ in the Design Review and Enabling Services’ Built for Life assessment.