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Developments to look out for in 2024

The coming year looks set to be an exciting one for new property developments across the North East.

Here we take a look at some of the key developments for 2024.

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Riverside Sunderland

One of the largest and most ambitious urban regeneration projects in the country, Riverside Sunderland is changing the geography of the city, creating exciting new places to live, work and play.

Much progress has already been made on the site on both banks of the River Wear and much more is set to come in 2024.

A total of 10 different projects are set to be started or completed during the course of the year as phase 2 of the development of Riverside Sunderland continues.

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The projects are:

Vaux Neighbourhood - The first of Riverside Sunderland’s new neighbourhoods will deliver 132 homes (91 houses and 41 apartments). With homes for sale and rent, the neighbourhood has been designed by architects Proctor & Matthews and MawsonKerr.

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New Wear Crossing - A spectacular new bridge for walkers and cyclists will span the River Wear between Vaux and Sheepfolds, linking Keel Square to the Stadium of Light.

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The Stables - The Grade II-listed North Eastern Railway Stables (1884) near to the Stadium of Light have been derelict for many years but are now being restored and brought back into use to create eight units for food and drink and shopping ranged around two courtyards which will host concerts, pop-up events, markets and other activities.

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Housing Innovation & Construction Skills Academy - This industry-leading facility will promote the development and practical application of modern methods of construction (MMC) in new homes, retrofitting of existing housing stock, and the use of sustainable energy and smart technology.

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Maker & Faber - These two office buildings will deliver 200,000 sq ft of Grade A office space on an outstanding site overlooking the River Wear and next to the new footbridge.

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St Mary’s Boulevard - One of the key objectives of Riverside Sunderland is to strengthen the connection between the core retail area, Keel Square and new developments. As part of this process, St Mary’s Boulevard will be transformed into a stylish city street, using reclaimed road space to create a linear park and establish a sense of enclosure.

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Culture House - This spectacular cultural venue will include a new city library, as well as a range of spaces for learning, making and creating in a unique, immersive environment.

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Sunderland Eye Hospital - Located on a prominent site next to St Mary’s Boulevard, close to the Vaux neighbourhood and the central business district, the new facility will be the only standalone eye hospital in the north east, and one of only a few specialist ophthalmology centres in England.

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Farringdon Row South - A development of 163 homes (99 houses and 64 apartments) is being planned for this site, with views across the Wear and the regenerated Riverside Park.

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Galley’s Gill - The 13.7 ha Riverside Park will be created on former industrial land on both banks of the River Wear. It comprises the valley of Galley’s Gill, as well as the deep gorge that drives through the heart of the city and areas of established woodland. The restoration of the park will proceed in stages determined by the timetable for the construction of the high-level bridge.

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The Pattern Shop, Newcastle

A 21st century rebirth of the fabric of innovation, the Pattern Shop in Newcastle promises to be a landmark building for the city.

Located behind Newcastle Central Station, the Pattern Shop is where industrial pioneer Robert Stephenson built steam locomotives in the 19th century for export around the world, revolutionising transport and powering commerce.

The iconic Grade II listed building will soon be home to a new generation of pioneers for the 21st century. It is being carefully and sympathetically restored to create a low carbon, low energy office building designed to be home to a range of digital, technical and creative businesses.

Once the Pattern Shop is complete, it will house up to 300 people in a unique space which combines the heritage and tradition of the past with the excitement and optimism of the future in a showpiece development for Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter.

The Pattern Shop scheme marks the fruition of the first phase of development brought forward through the partnership of igloo Regeneration with Thriving Investments - part of the Places for People group - and Newcastle City Council.

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SeAH Wind factory, Teesside

Work is continuing on the giant £450m SeAH Wind factory at the Teesworks site on the south bank of the River Tees.

The 800-metre-long building will be the world’s biggest monopile facility when complete and is the first of its kind in the UK. Monopiles form the foundations of offshore wind turbines.

The South Korean manufacturer’s factory will comprise 1.13million sq ft of high-quality factory space to produce monopiles up to 120 metres in length, 15.5 metres in diameter and weighing 3,000 tonnes.

The monopiles will be transported directly from the factory to Teesworks’ new South Bank Quay facility before heading to the North Sea for installation using specialised pile driving equipment.

British Steel is supplying more than 30,000 of tonnes of steel from its Lackenby site for the development. Recycled steel from former steelworks sites will also be used in the new construction to help create the new facilities from the ashes of the old.

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TTE Technical training centre, Middlesbrough

A new state-of-the-art £12m education and training centre at Middlesbrough College is set to start taking students from September 2024.

The new TTE Technical centre will train over 300 full-time students, 300 apprentices and 500 adults each year, alongside a thriving international cohort of students.

Its facilities will include seven large multifunction/multidiscipline workshops, seven breakout classrooms and study spaces, a large Conference Room and staff workspaces and a range of student social and welfare areas.

The development will mean that the College’s Middlehaven campus will be now home to over £120m worth of buildings and facilities, including a £10m STEM centre, a £10m sixth form centre, a purpose-built University Centre and a £4.5m Digital Centre.

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The Sage ICC, Gateshead

Work begins on site again in 2024 on this world-class international conference centre and music arena with Lendlease being the new contractor.

The Sage will take shape on the banks of the River Tyne between BALTIC and The Glasshouse International Centre for Music.

It will feature a 12,500-capacity arena, an international-grade conference centre with 17 suites, art exhibition space, bars and restaurants, and new walkways and public space around the Quayside.

As part of the complex, new Ibis and Novotel hotels will be built on Hawks Road, next to Gateshead College, and will be constructed by Russells.

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