Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Project Set to Clear Blight; in Association with Fhm

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Project Set to Clear Blight; in Association with Fhm

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THE Hellens Group, Sunderland's largest construction and property group, is to transform the former Cape Insulation factory in Washington into a major mixed use development.

Hellens has received planning consent from City of Sunderland Council for a scheme on 19 acres of employment land, 17 acres of residential land and a parade of shops of up to 25,000sq ft.

The 40-acre brownfield site is next to Teal Farm estate and the support of the people who live there, local businesses and ward councillors has been crucial in the planning process which started in 2004.

Director of the Pattinson Partnership Residents' Association Bryan Craggs said:

"Teal Farm residents and local businesses adjacent to the old Cape factory in Washington are delighted that the scheme has eventually been given the go-ahead.

"The old Cape factory and its dilapidated state has been a scourge on our area for many years now. The scheme will clear the area of the old factory, clean depressed and contaminated land and develop it into a thriving mixed use community."

The scheme, Teal Farm Park, will have an initial speculative office and industrial development of 55,000sq ft. Hellens is to move its head office from Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham to occupy part of this space.

This is one of a number of schemes in the pipeline for Hellens, which has recruited Richard Scott, currently of GVA Lamb & Edge, to front the development division. He will start in the new year.

There will be a convenience store and other shops. This will complete the mixed use concept originally envisaged in the early 1990s for Teal Farm.

Teal Farm and the Cape site are built on what was known as Pattinson Town, one of the eight original villages which existed before the formation of Washington New Town in the 1960s. The site needs a big clean-up before work starts.

Award-winning Hellens Contracts, the contracting division of The Hellens Group, has expertise in reclaiming brownfield sites, including the former Consett Steelworks site, the former Middlesbrough General Hospital (both for Barratt Newcastle) and the former Elddis Caravan manufacturing and colliery site in Delves Lane (for Yuill Homes). …

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