Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breathing New Life into the Region; NORTH EAST REGENERATION AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT REPORT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Breathing New Life into the Region; NORTH EAST REGENERATION AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT REPORT

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WHILE the name of Muse Developments may be unfamiliar to some members of the public outside the property sector, their schemes have helped to form the country's urban landscapes for more than 30 years, delivering more than 16 million sq ft of commercial and residential property.

Nowhere has the effect of their schemes been felt more dramatically than here in the North East where their track record includes Newcastle Quayside, a PS200m scheme delivered in 2002, the PS40m Walkergate scheme in Durham City, completed in 2006, and the redevelopment of the HMRC facilities in Longbenton, a PS250m scheme delivered in 2008.

Part of the Morgan Sindall Group plc, the major construction and regeneration group, Muse is one of the country's leading names in mixed-use development and urban regeneration - a national developer with regional operations in Manchester, London, Leeds and Glasgow. Their schemes are designed to transform the urban landscape through working in partnership with national and regional organisations. Taking projects from initial agreement to completion, the company creates exceptional commercial, residential and mixed-use regeneration schemes.

Within the North East, Muse is currently working on both the regeneration of South Shields in partnership with South Tyneside Council and at Stockton's Northshore in partnership with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Stockton Borough Council.

Following a successful period of public consultation, the company has now submitted the planning application for the first stage of the regeneration of South Shields town centre. This first phase of the proposed PS100m redevelopment will see the construction of a new Central Library and Digital Media Centre near Ferry Street on the Riverside, as well as improvements to the adjacent Market Place. Work could begin on site as soon as January 2015.

The proposed new Central Library and Digital Media Centre, designed by Faulkner-Browns Architects, will incorporate extensive digital media facilities and display spaces to provide residents and visitors to the borough with a fully interactive and educational virtual reality experience - offering something new with every visit. …

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