Newcastle-based architects have been enlisted by Isos Housing to draw up designs for development for residents with learning difficulties worth £3.7m.
Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall (JDDK) Ltd have submitted designs for planning approval on behalf of the Gosforth-based social landlord, for two residential schemes at Scotswood and Byker.
Incorporating features proven to be beneficial to residents with learning difficulties, the projects form part of the city council’s framework for the provision of affordable supported housing at Buddle Road in Scotswood and at Finsbury Avenue in Byker.
The £3m River View development in Scotswood consists of a two and three storey block of 15 apartments, with 14 terraced and semi-detached two and three bedroom family homes between Buddle Road and the existing Scotswood Nature Park.
Meanwhile, the £700,000 Birch View development off Finsbury Avenue in Byker is for five detached bungalows designed for residents with autism and other learning disabilities with a further staff bungalow close by. All bungalows will be fully wheelchair accessible.
Mura Mullan, JDDK director and project architect, said: ”The two schemes, whilst offering very different responses to the respective briefs and locational challenges, do share common design principles which are universally recognised as beneficial to residents.
“The buildings create strong links between interior and exterior spaces which encourage residents to come out of the potential isolation of their apartments with the exterior communal spaces, in particular, promoting social interaction.”
Vince Walsh, development and regeneration manager for Isos Housing, added: “The JDDK design offers a superb design response to our brief – we’re excited about these two new developments, and about how many residents will be getting brand new, purpose-built homes which will really improve their quality of life.”
“Working closely with JDDK and Newcastle City Council will ensure we deliver really high quality developments which integrate well into their communities.”
JDDK will be working with the same team of Hall & Partners Project Managers and 3E Engineers on both developments.