The Northumberland Square development provides affordable housing for North Shields at the same time as enhancing the town centre environment and the visual appearance of a square that is a focal point of architectural heritage in the town.
The scheme, now renamed as Scott House, entailed the conversion of an existing terrace of Victorian properties to 24 one and two bedroom apartments offered for rent. The buildings, although originally residential in nature had more recently been used as offices and had for some time lain unused resulting in a deterioration in condition.
The development, for Home Housing, is on a town centre site in North Shields, adjacent to Northumberland Square, part of a conservation area. The redevelopment is sensitively designed to preserve and renovate the original building envelope and features.
The Local Authority supported the scheme, being keen to realise the previously untapped potential of the unoccupied building and seeing the success of the scheme as a potential catalyst for the regeneration of the town centre area.