Eco-friendly Ouseburn development is hot property

Work begins this month on The Malings, a 76-home development.

Article created: 03/31/2014

A stylish, contemporary residential development – which promotes sustainable, low-energy living – is about to take shape in the heart of Newcastle’s historic Lower Ouseburn Valley, opening the door to further regeneration of this vibrant, up-and-coming area.

Work begins this month on The Malings, a 76-home development which will be constructed on the east bank of the Ouseburn at the former Ice Factory and Heaney’s Coachworks site, facing Toffee Factory – a beautifully refurbished new building providing high quality, contemporary serviced office space for a range of digital and creative businesses.

Built to a design by award-winning architects, the new homes will be reasonably priced – likely to range between £115,000 and £250,000 – with the emphasis on an eco-friendly, sustainable approach which will keep down energy bills for buyers.

A spokesperson for Max Fordham Engineers says:

“Annual energy costs for a home at the Malings, in comparison with a family terraced property in Jesmond with a similar floor area, will be substantially lower.  Our calculations show that average gas costs are approximately £580 per annum for these older style properties in comparison with a projected £170 per annum for a Malings’ property, all things being equal.


This represents a saving of up to 70% on bills for hot water and central heating.”

The Malings development, named after Malings Pottery which occupied the site in the 19th century, will feature:

Buyers are expected to receive the keys to their new homes during 2014 and 2015 with the first show home being ready by April of next year.

Award-winning architects Cany Ash and Robert Sakula have opted for a no-nonsense, high-quality design, which promotes sustainable, low-energy living by prioritising build quality and super-high levels of insulation and air-tightness rather than resorting to the use of complex eco-technologies.

The eco-friendly ethos is reflected also in the planned provision of more than 150 secure bicycle storages spaces, shared allotments, areas for communal recycling and open-air clothes drying, plus ultra-quick broadband.

Although contemporary in design, the development will bear the influence of the traditional lifestyle of terraced housing with each home having its own front door that opens directly onto the street, while there will be no communal corridors or lifts.

The intention is that the Malings development will add to the distinctiveness of the post-industrial Lower Ouseburn Valley, which has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years.

Ouseburn played a significant role in Tyneside’s industrial past but fell into stagnation for a considerable period before regeneration began in the 1980s.

Now Ouseburn is a vibrant, creative area which has forged a reputation for live music, busy owner-managed pubs and other such venues, plus stylish contemporary architecture blended with a rich industrial heritage.

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