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Planning vision for key areas.

Byline: Ian Parker

NEWCASTLE City Council and Gateshead Council are working together to bring forward the Newcastle-Gateshead One Core Strategy 2030 which will be focused upon seven defined areas.

The Area Action Plans and Core Strategy will set out the overall vision and strategy for key areas within and around the respective city and town centres.

The Discovery Quarter forms one of the subareas which lies on the south west side of Newcastle city centre.

This riverside area has a long history of industrial uses and offers huge potential for commercial mixed-use development alongside new homes similar to the highly successful St James Gate development at a key entry point to the city alongside the Redheugh Bridge and St James Boulevard.

Key actions include promoting the Forth Yards as a major mixed-use opportunity, improving east/west access and improvement of the key Redheugh Bridgehead junction at the intersection with the much improved Scotswood Road. The area will also achieve early development momentum with the redevelopment of Kings House and the Railway Warehouse at Forth Banks/Pottery Lane as the new city centre police station which will relocate from Market Street.

The Stephenson Quarter which extends to 10 acres is identified as a major regeneration opportunity because of its location immediately behind Newcastle Central Station and offering the opportunity to create a vibrant link to the Quayside area.

The scheme which is being developed by Silverlink Holdings will provide a high quality office-led master-planned mixed-use quarter with a range of uses in new and existing buildings focused around public spaces and access routes.

The overall scheme will involve 220,000sq ft of offices,150,000sq ft of residential apartments, a large 250-bedroom hotel and leisure/conference centre and multi-storey car park.

Other components will include innovative uses such as design studios, exhibition/leisure uses and a boutique hotel. The proposed mixed uses will be highly sustainable at this location.

The scheme, which is expected to commence later this year, will make a positive contribution to the regeneration of the area and will sit well alongside the outstanding Central Square and Central Square South buildings which provide a major office core close to the city centre.

Ian Parker, consultant, GVA, Newcastle
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2011
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