East Midlands and Sheffield civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has been engaged by housing regeneration specialist Lovell to work on the first phase of a multi-million pound mixed-use development that will transform the riverside area of Stockton-on-Tees.
Engineers from BSP Consulting are working on the first phase of the Home Zone part of the scheme at Northshore, a 23-hectare site with over a mile of south facing riverside front along the River Tees.
Future plans for the £300m Northshore development which is being delivered by one of the counties leading regeneration specialists – Muse Developments – include: new offices, homes, shops, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, leisure facilities and a new campus for the University of Durham, and are expected to bring more than 4,500 new jobs to the area.
Lovell are working in partnership with sister company Muse to deliver this first phase of 50 homes, which it is envisaged will kick-start the development of the wider Northshore scheme.
The former heavy industrial and shipbuilding site close to Stockton town centre has been the subject of a major remediation programme supported by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and Stockton Borough Council and already features the award-winning Infinity Bridge. Now work is under way on building the first homes on the site.
BSP Consulting engineers are currently designing the details for the drainage and roads for the first phase of the Home Zone, as well as the structural design of the initial 50 plots. The two, three and four-bedroom terrace and semi-detached homes are being designed to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4 and each plot will have its own rainwater harvesting tank.
The roads will slope to a central drainage channel, so there are no kerbs as would be expected in a traditional development, and the streets are designed to be shared between pedestrians and motorists.
“Northshore is a very exciting scheme for Stockton-on-Tees, with tremendous potential for the area, and BSP Consulting is delighted to be a part of it,” said David Sumner, managing director of BSP Consulting, which is based in Nottingham and has offices in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.