A key regeneration project in Newcastle is to be showcased to a stellar list of international experts in Paris.
The Ouseburn in Newcastle will be showcased as a world class location to an audience of architects, planners and regeneration specialists at the British Embassy in the French capital next month.
Igloo Regeneration, which is developing the Malmo Quay site as part of the Carillion-Igloo Ltd (CiL) joint venture, has been invited by the British Ambassador to discuss the project at the Future City event on February 10.
Plans for the work, taking place at the gateway to Newcastle Quayside, have been drawn up in a collaboration between French architect AWP and London firms Mikhail Riches Architects and Featherstone Young.
The three companies were picked following an international competition organised by Newcastle-based Northern Architecture.
Igloo development director David Roberts will discuss the approach to regenerating Malmo Quay at the event and his speech will be a focal part of the day, which will highlight smart city urban design and the creation of sustainable cities.
His presentation will also explore how the Igloo collaborative approach to project design could create more opportunities for French companies to work in partnership with UK developers in the future.
He said: “The Malmo Quay project is an innovative development that is of interest to French cities because it is a partnership with Newcastle City Council and uses Homes and Communities Agency owned land.
“We know a number of French metropolitan areas are looking at ways to achieve regeneration in their cities at a time of reduced public funding.
“Our project in Newcastle is not publicly funded but the land value it generates is shared with the council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
“Ouseburn is an exemplar project that other countries in Europe and globally can learn from.”
Newcastle City Council cabinet member for investment and development, Coun Ged Bell, added: “Paris is known all over the world for its beautiful architecture, so who would have guessed that one day they would be showcasing the merits of a scheme in Newcastle.”