Newcastle upon Tyne
Byker Community Trust
Tom Collins House and Mount Pleasant House are sheltered housing schemes for the over 55’s. Since construction both buildings had received minimal investment to the communal and external fabric and required major improvements to benefit the residents and encourage social interaction.
Tom Collins House is a Grade II* listed sheltered accommodation building within the Byker Estate and was constructed between 1975-1978 and at 12 storeys high is Byker Community Trusts tallest building. The building is part of the Byker Estate which was constructed to a masterplan by Ralph Erskine and is unique within the Byker Estate as it is the only building to have both the internals and externals Grade II* listed. The sheltered housing provides 39 one and two bedroom self-contained flats.
The project developed following a detailed stock condition survey and a Fire Risk Assessment which informed the essential upgrade works required to the buildings. Implementing essential Fire Risk Assessment actions and communal upgrade works to Tom Collins House, a listed building, required close working with the Planning Authority and Historic England to ensure a sympathetic approach was taken in the specification of materials and designs, to deliver all recommended improvements.
Following the Fire Risk Assessment a detailed specification was created for both properties which outlined each individual element required from the paint colour and type, doors, balcony timber and cladding for the externals. This was submitted and approved by the Local Planning Authority and Historic England. The specification ensured all materials preserved and complimented the original Erskine design while meeting current Health and Safety regulations. Sample materials were provided to ensure that they were a suitable match and approval sought from Heritage England and the Planning Authority. The new flat entrance doors within Tom Collins House which were internal had to be designed in a Byker Style to satisfy the requirements of Newcastle City Council planners and Heritage England whilst meeting fire regulations.