1 August 2017
We have helped implement the first phase of the £13.8m Gateshead BIG project. Evolution Gateshead, a joint venture partnership between Gateshead Council, Galliford Try and Home Group, will build around 2,400 new homes over the next 15 to 20 years on 19 sites.
Our Newcastle transport planning team provided highways design and other support, developing the street layout design to meet the council’s exacting standards for a 20mph shared space for Saltwell Road West. This first phase will offer 99 terraced family homes, with ten of these for shared ownership and 18 for affordable rent.
The new homes had to fit onto a Victorian grid street pattern. On-street parking for the terraced homes presented a challenge as a traditional highways design solution would have resulted either in less public space or much smaller houses. Instead, the Newcastle team took a creative approach, using design such as a home zone-style layout in which road surfaces are shared, with the wider needs of residents in mind. This design solution also includes indirect traffic routes, areas of planting and other features to encourage streets to be used as a valued public space for all.
Dr Nick Bunn, WYG director and head of the Newcastle transport planning team, said: “Rather than using a traditional design, we decided to create a tailor-made solution which will contribute to shaping a sustainable community.”
Christine Curran from Gateshead Regeneration Partnership said: “WYG’s innovative approach has been a great asset to the first phase.”
Saltwell Road West is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The WYG team will go on to advise on other sites.