Work has started to transform an area of Newcastle into a modern market square after planning approval was granted.
The Newcastle Great Park Town Centre development will deliver a £5m mixed-use building comprising affordable residential units and retail spaces along with a town square, pub and offices.
North East practice Gradon Architecture designed the scheme and the appointed contractor is Gus Robinson Developments.
Graham McDarby, design director at Gradon Architecture, said:
“This is an important development that will create a vibrant and exciting heart for Newcastle Great Park Town Centre.
“Having worked on the initial vision for the town centre masterplan a number of years ago, it’s great to see those plans now coming to fruition. We have taken great care that this development blended seamlessly with its existing surroundings, whilst providing an attractive public space for the local community.”
Plans for the site include 38 contemporary two-bedroomed apartments with nine ground floor retail units below.
Gradon’s designs use a complementary mixture of brickwork and render, each with intersecting projecting bays. These design details serve to create attractive, multi-dimensional facades, creating an eye-catching building entirely suited to its position on the Market Square.
All of the apartments have a balcony and light, airy living spaces; while the spacious, open plan retail units below are positioned to define the retail streetscape and differentiate living and shopping areas.
Work is underway on site, with the development set to be occupied in April 2017.
Other projects on the go for Gradon include the landmark £6m Gateshead Energy Centre, fire stations in Alnwick (£5m) and Hexham (£3m), plus a new £10m Arts Centre in Northern Ireland and a £4m Galleria Retail Centre in Mongolia.