A Tyneside housing scheme which combines traditional community values with modern sustainability has won a prestigious award.
The Malings at Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle was the Supreme Winner at the Housing Design Awards, the latest award for the £14m private residential scheme by Carillion igloo Ltd.
The scheme is now being held up as an example of best practice, having fulfilled the major criteria for the awards: “to explain what residents think about innovative design and whether it can be replicated.”
David Roberts, Director at igloo said receiving the award was confirmation of the importance of the scheme as an exemplar on the national stage.
“We were attracted to the possibility of building new homes in the Ouseburn Valley, but recognised the challenges this would give us – industrial sites, gritty urban character, sensitive riverside ecology,” he said.
“Our approach is always the careful selection of architects working with the community and the result at The Malings has been homes that people love, significant quantifiable value generation and a genuine contribution to this important part of Newcastle.”
The creation of the Malings – on the site of the old Maling Pottery – is part of the revival of Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley which now houses the city’s creative quarter in what was once a heavily industrialised area.