Enabling work on South Tyneside River Regeneration Scheme begins


John F Hunt Regeneration was recently awarded the £20million Empowerment and Civils package for a redevelopment of the docks in South Shields and is now getting to work helping to transform the brownfield.

Holborn’s derelict former industrial site in South Shields will be remediated to pave the way for a new £200million Riverside neighborhood for South Tyneside Council.

Work is now beginning on the first phase of the residential element of the project, in tandem with civil works that will prepare the wider nine-hectare site for future development.

John F Hunt Regeneration will focus on overcoming the site’s existing constraints, including contamination, flood risk and an outdated retaining wall, to ensure it is suitable for follow-on residential and commercial development.

The old quay, which is currently split into two levels, will be re-profiled to create a gentle slope from Commercial Road to Tyne, making it more suitable for development.

Three of the quays will be restored, preserving the area’s industrial heritage, and a new quayside wall will be installed at an elevated level to overcome current flooding issues.

Councilor Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This area has been largely derelict for many years and bears the features of its former heavy industrial use which are currently constraints on development.

“The civil works are needed to overcome these significant issues with the site and make it suitable for a mixed-use development that will provide family homes and offices, creating hundreds of new jobs.”

John F Hunt Regeneration Managing Director Sam Hall said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by South Tyneside Council to undertake the remediation and activation of the Holborn site. The work will be essential to creating a sustainable and thriving residential area, in harmony with nearby historic sites and other new developments.

The rehabilitation will be carried out in phases, with the land and sea developments ending in the fall of 2023.

Mott MacDonald is acting as lead designer for the civil engineering element of the project, while the contract will be administered by Driver Project Services.

The first phase of the development will consist of 48 family homes. Subsequent phases will provide around 300 more one- to four-bedroom homes and apartments, delivered by Keepmoat Homes in partnership with Cussins.

There will also be a new riverside promenade, opening up access along the river to new and existing residents, as well as new offices occupying a corporate area to the north of the site.

Last year the scheme secured £1.85million from the government’s Brownfield Land Release Fund to help deliver 250 of the new homes. It is also benefiting from £9.4 million in funding to support the delivery of new office space in the Enterprise Zone.

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