• Client:
    Home Group
  • Location:
    Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Contract Value:

Howard Street

Buccleuch Property sold part of the former Tyne Tees Television Studio in Newcastle to Home Group for high quality affordable housing on the quarter of an acre site between Howard Street and City Road.

Tons of concrete removed


The project has provided a seven storey residential development, designed by Glasgow based architects Anderson Bell and Christie. The building comprises 30 apartments, 16 of which are for affordable rent and the remaining 14 for shared ownership. The building also included ancillary rooms, circulation areas, parking for 19 cars, 24 cycle spaces and landscaping. The building has been designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3. The development is supported by a £900,000 contribution from the Homes and Communities Agency in order to provide much needed affordable rented and shared ownership apartments. The mixed use site will also accommodate a hotel and a 385 bed student accommodation building.

The former Tyne Tees Television buildings were demolished prior to our works commencing on site however we had to break out and excavate the existing concrete and remove approximately 5,000 tonnes of concrete from the site prior to our works commencing.

The structure consists of a structural steel frame on top of piled foundations with concrete floor and precast concrete stairs. Masonry, aluminium windows and single ply roof completed the outer leaf of the building.

The internal layout of the building has been constructed using brickwork, timber inner leaf and metal stud partitions. High quality finishes and fittings were chosen to provide modern and appealing living spaces.

Kitchen and bathroom areas were lined with moisture resistant plasterboard and fitted with slip resistant vinyl floor finishes. Laminate flooring was laid throughout the remainder of the apartment and communal areas laid with hard wearing carpet.

Key Issues and How They Were Managed

The student accommodation was being constructed on an adjacent area of the site and access to both sites was via an access road controlled by us. The access gate was manned at all times by our site security and we coordinated our works and deliveries closely with the other contractors using the access road to prevent traffic issues.

Works carried out in close proximity to live traffic were supervised at all times by a trained and experienced banksman to avoid plant, vehicle and pedestrian conflict and minimise impact to traffic on the roads surrounding the site.


We’ve worked closely with Buccleuch Property to acquire a part of their site and we’re delighted to have started work which will provide desperately needed affordable homes close to the city centre.

The regeneration which is taking place here will make this a very vibrant part of the city. We’ve appointed Esh Group to build these apartments for us which should be ready for people to move into later in the year. The shared ownership homes will help those struggling to get a foot onto the property ladder.

- Tony Osborne, Home Group development manager

Successful Outcomes

During the pre-tender phase we worked closely with our client to provide them with cost savings in order to meet their budget but without compromising on quality. A number of the materials, fixtures and fittings were amended and the construction phasing examined in order to reduce programme time and therefore reduce costs further.

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