HOUSEBUILDER Barratt Newcastle is one of the foremost players in the regeneration of the North-East.
It is currently operating on 18 sites from Northumberland to Teesside and the number is set to rise to 27 by the end of the year, creating in excess of 4,000 properties.
Sustainable regeneration has been the norm for Barratt for many years. Building on over 80% of previously used land, the company has been working on a number of regeneration projects.
And, in reclaiming over 30 acres of brown land each year, it makes a substantial contribution to the improvement of both the quality of life and the environment of local communities across the region, transforming derelict and rundown sites into desirable and sustainable residential developments.
There are schemes due to start soon in a range of locations, including Gateshead, Stockton, Eston, Washington, Hetton, Blackhall, Rainton Bridge, Blyth and Consett.
One major regeneration development on the banks of the Tyne is now underway. Construction has started on Riverside Crescent, on the former Stella South power station at Blaydon.
Planning permission for the 275 riverside homes was secured after six years of negotiations. The premium riverside location is in an easy commuting area and is expected to draw many buyers.
The housebuilder is very active in Teesside where it is involved in a number of regeneration projects, including two major community re-developments at Mandale Park in Thornaby and Hardwick Green, Stockton.
Mandale Park, which was recently shortlisted for a local government award, is a £100m partnership scheme creating a development of 800 homes for sale, rent and shared ownership on a 20-hectare former council estate.
Hardwick Green, which has just been launched in Stockton North, is another. The ambitious £60m development will create a sustainable and vibrant community through provision of more than 700 modern, attractive homes for rent, sale and shared equity.
Another development in Teesside which has been hugely successful is Parkside Gardens, being built on the site of the former Middlesbrough General Hospital.
This year alone, over 100 properties have been sold and demand is still high at the site where the company first piloted its famous Barratt iPad starter home.
Bernard Rooney, managing director of Barratt Newcastle is delighted with the company’s regeneration success.
He said: “We have been recycling land across the region for many years now and can count many former sites among our achievements, from the old steel works in Consett to a number of hospital sites, redundant college grounds, old council offices and factories to our most recent major project, Stella South in Blaydon.
“But regeneration of any area is more than just creating new homes for people to live in: there are new jobs and training opportunities for local people and, in addition, there are areas developed for children and adults to enjoy their leisure time too. This is happening at our developments across the region.”