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Family-Fit Firm Chosen for Stockton

THE continental architects who will help transform Tees Valley Regeneration’s flagship project in Stockton into a prime, sought-after place to live have been unveiled.

Portuguese practice Impromptu Arquitectos have been selected from more than 100 entrants who took part in the international ‘Make Me a Home’ competition launched by joint developers Urban Splash and Muse Developments in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Tees Valley Regeneration’s director of development, Richard Buckley said: “This is a significant step for Northshore and a firm indication that the scheme is moving in the right direction.

“We believe that the designs and concepts chosen combine practicality and opportunity and that’s exactly what we want for Stockton.”

The design competition for family homes was launched last year and immediately attracted global interest. Last January a public exhibition of the top 20 entries was held in The Shambles on Stockton High Street.

Urban Splash development manager, Mark Latham said;

“The designs that we have now are not exact models as to how the houses will look but rather the preferred concept for Northshore.

“Impromptu impressed the judges with their notion of a family home that can be easily adapted to meet a family’s needs. Whereas one home may include an outdoor dining area another may utilise that space as, for example, a study. Similarly, one home may be two storeys with a roof terrace and neighbour a three storey home with additional bedrooms.

“This adaptability of the style of home gives us huge scope as developers.”

Muse Development surveyor, James Crawley said: “We were impressed with Impromptu’s understanding of the Northshore site.

“Their masterplan has the potential to create stunning gardens and public spaces right on the banks of the River Tees. The establishment of a new community on the site is an important part of the Northshore vision, and the team identified this early on.”

Impromptu Arquitectos will work with their appointed partners Sergison Bates, a UK based and award winning architects firm. It is anticipated that detailed planning designs will be ready for submission to Stockton Borough Council for approval at the end of the year.

Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport said;

“The Homezone at Northshore sits close to The Infinity Bridge which is already being admired and will be officially opened next month on 14 May.

“The standard for Northshore has always been high but we’re proud that with each development the bar is raised.

“It is undoubtedly an exciting time for Stockton.”

London based Tasou Architects were runners-up in the competition ahead of the four other shortlisted practices; K2 Architects from Liverpool; Spine Architects of Hamburg, Germany; Bertolone Plazzogna Architects from Treviso, Italy; and Loates-Taylor Shannon Architects of London.

The judging panel was formed with key representatives from Tees Valley Regeneration, Stockton Borough Council, Homes and Communities Agency, Urban Splash, Muse, Durham University and prominent architects from Faulkner Brown and Studio Egret West.

Email: karen.parker@coolbluebrand.com


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