Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Designs Are the Quay to a More Pleasant Riverside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Designs Are the Quay to a More Pleasant Riverside

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Byline: COREENA FORD Business writer

ADESIGN competition won by two companies could trigger the transformation of Newcastle riverside to rival cities around the globe.

The Quayside area in Newcastle and Gateshead has long been a cultural hub with its bridges, bars and restaurant and tourist attractions, and the city's business improvement district company, NE1 Ltd, last year unveiled plans to reimagine the riverside and realise its full potential. Now the Tyne Estuary Partnership, which brings together stakeholders from across sectors to tackle the collective challenge of enhancing the River Tyne, has unveiled the results of a national competition, called Design of Our Tyne.

The contest asked firms across the UK to create a design encompassing Newcastle Quayside for the benefit of those who live, work and play there, as well as nature.

The group is working with Groundwork NE & Cumbria, the Environment Agency and NE1 to build the Tyne Estuary Partnership and develop projects for improvement. Fairhurst, structural and civil engineers based in Newcastle, and SEL Environmental, based in Blackburn, were shortlisted and invited to pitch their ideas at the Environment Agency's North East of England offices in Newcastle - and the panel were so impressed that both were declared winners, scooping PS1,000.

Combined, the designs could see the Tyne riverscape transformed with a green zone, floating leisure facilities, street planting, floating islands of vegetation and boardwalks.

The next stage of the programme is to try to make the designs a reality, and while the designs are at just at the conceptual stage, proposals could be submitted for planning permissions.

Laura Fogg, landscape architect with Fairhurst, said: "Our entry for the Design of Our Tyne competition focused on creating a strategic vision for Newcastle Quayside, providing connectivity with the rest of Newcastle by linking to existing NE1 interventions within the city and enhancing the river as a recreational resource which people can interact with. …

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