Olympian Homes secured planning permission for Pottery Lane Build to Rent scheme in September 2020. Designed by Todd Architects, the scheme is on the banks of the River Tyne in Newcastle. Site clearance has started for the development which is being delivered by main contractor Tolent Construction – and construction is expected to begin in Q3 2022.
Designed by Todd Architects, Pottery Lane comprises two residential buildings. The scheme will deliver 525 new homes – a mix of one and two bedroom Build to Rent apartments arranged over a series of levels rising to 12 storeys. The buildings are laid out in two plots and arranged around landscaped courtyards.
Apartments are intended for the young professional market and have been designed with a large amount of communal amenity space, which is an integral part of the architecture. The proposals include a significant upgrade of public space in the area, creating a welcoming pedestrian environment along Pottery Lane.
Amenity and service spaces are located at ground and first floor with external parking to the north and east. South facing private courtyards for residents provide access to outdoor space for all.
Located to the south of Newcastle City Centre, the Pottery Lane development sits in a prime location bounded by Pottery Lane to the north and Skinnerburn Road to the south, with a lane alongside the railway viaduct to the east and a car park to the west.
Positioned in close proximity to Newcastle and Gateshead urban centres, the south facing site has views over the Tyne to the south and city landmarks to the north; making it an ideal location for regeneration and a gateway to the city.
The Pottery Lane project is located within a wider strategic framework including the Forth Banks Masterplan Area and Skinnerburn Gorge. Olympian Homes aims to create a high-quality development, reviving the surrounding landscape whilst capturing the benefits derived from the close proximity to the River Tyne.
Key benefits the Pottery Lane scheme aims to bring to life include:
- Improved street frontage onto Pottery Lane to integrate the wider carriageway and footway links where welcoming tree planting ‘greens the street’ and softens the built form.
- A new sequential route along the eastern and southern edges of the development to connect Pottery Lane in the north east with Shot Factory Lane and Skinnerburn Road in the south west.
- The creation of a formative destination that showcases original architecture and improves the gateway into this part of Newcastle.