Steenberg’s Yard scoops Future Cities Forum housing award
Steenberg’s Yard was designed by Xsite Architecture with engineering by Cundall for PfP igloo and is part of the phased regeneration of an important Newcastle industrial suburb, which became de-populated as historic industries declined. PfP-igloo is managed by PfP Capital with development management provided by igloo Regeneration.
Peter Connolly, chief executive at igloo Regeneration, said: “Our approach has always been centred around the welfare of our customers, so it’s great to be recognised as winners of this prestigious award. In all of our developments, the first step we take is to consider the health and well-being of the people who will call them home, as well as planning the heritage and economy of the area and how to build a sense of togetherness into the communities we create. In this current climate, it has also been important to consider how our customers will now live, and often work, from home before approaching our design.
“At Steenberg’s Yard, we wanted to create a sustainable community that would breathe a new lease of life into one of Newcastle’s most historic areas and provide a framework for the future of the neighbourhood. This award is a testament to our commitment to building sustainable neighbourhoods for both people and planet.”
The judges were struck by the Newcastle project’s residential quality, connected jobs and transport, and liked the phased approach of the wider masterplan and solid building blocks from which connectedness would grow. They also liked how the fund was managed by the community up. They thought there was appropriate scale and that the development had made the most of the Ouseburn waterfront. Annelie Kvick of Grimshaw praised ‘the research that had been carried out and how many people had been spoken to, the richness of the scheme and diversity.’ Leonie Bell of V&A Dundee liked ‘the potential of the development to keep growing. Longevity is just priceless.’