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Major housing refurbishment & urban extension at Byker

In 2005 the practice won an international design competition to draw up plans for a major housing and urban design project in Newcastle’s East End. The project involved the extension and refurbishment of Ralph Erskine’s seminal work: the then recently listed Grade II Byker Housing scheme.

Funded as part of the Newcastle/Gateshead Pathfinder programme, we worked alongside the City Council and Your Homes Newcastle to prepare plans to develop two adjacent sites on the estate. Our designs propose a high-density mix of market & affordable family housing intended to achieve very high standards of environmental performance to meet Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

St Lawrence Square
Upon winning the competition we further developed our urban design proposals for this exemplar of low carbon residential development to include 97 new-build flats & houses. The project, which includes the refurbishment of an existing Victorian park, aims to create a high quality environment and encourage a sustainable and more mixed residential community.
Value £13M
Planning 2006

Bolam Coyne
Planned as ‘landmark’ project, the refurbishment at Bolam Coyne intends to see this distinctive building converted into a mixed-use facility with live-work units, workshops, studios & a gallery space to help found a new artist community on the estate.
Value £1.5M
Planning 2005

Byker Housing scheme
New-build residential development and refurbishment
for Newcastle City Council
Newcastle upon Tyne
Value £35M
Competition Win 2005