Riverside Housing Development

Location Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Services Civil and structural engineering
Sector Residential 
Client Barratt Homes North East and Persimmon Homes 
Architect Napper Architects
Imagery © Barratt Homes North East

Gary Marshall

T +44 (0)191 213 1515

The Stella South residential development, now known as Riverside, is a 14Ha housing development. Upon completion, the development will provide 522 residential units as well as considerable areas of public open space and a riverside walkway. Homes that range from 2-bedroom apartments to 5-bedroom detached properties, giving variety to the completed development.

The development occupies the site of a former 300MW coal fired power station on the southern bank of the River Tyne at Blaydon. The demolition of the power station was completed in 1997, with subsequent phases of remediation and reclamation undertaken in the following years to both raise the final development above the 1 in 100 year tidal flood zone and to address the contamination that remained due to the previous land use.

Cundall was involved with the development since 2003, with the first phases of construction commencing in 2007 with the installation of 1km of access road, associated services infrastructure and the first housing units. The main infrastructure was detailed in order to offer the smaller development ‘pods and sectors’ to react to changing market demand which led to modifications in the housing mix and layout during the five years of building works.

Assessment of the underlying ground conditions led to the delivery of cost effective and varied foundation solutions specific to each new building. The use of semi-rafts or piled designs ensured the development was constructed to the meet the requirements of NHBC and the local authority whilst minimising the construction costs incurred by the developer.

Due to the location of this site, ground water levels were an issue; so the site has been developed with the foul water pumping station being the only element requiring construction to take place at levels lower than the ground water table.