Skip to content
Header banner full
Header banner

The Panoramic Views (Authors own images, 2019)

The Rise is a housing development of new energy efficient homes on the 60 ha site, built to meet the needs of today’s working families, located in Scotswood (West End of Newcastle). It is the biggest housing development currently underway in the North East and replaces part of the historic Scotswood area of the city. The £265 million project will be delivered in phases over 15 years,
ultimately providing 1,800 homes and incorporating new high quality public space and improved links to the wider area.

Integrating into the Neighbourhood

  • The overall masterplan site can be accessed from a number of entrances. There are two entrances to the Phase 1 Development: the eastern approach to the Phase 1 Sales Village via Whitehouse road and the Armstrong Road Streetscene along the northern boudary of the Development.The Sketch Perspective of Phase 1 (

The Visualisation showing Massing of Overall Development (

Facilities and services
  • During the site visit a lack of services, such as grocery stores, cafes and pubs within measurable distance, was established.
  • The closest shop is the Kingston Park, which is home to a Tesco Extra store and a choice of DIY, homewares and lifestyle outlets, which is located 4 miles away from the Rise.
  • Talking about schools, the Bridgewater Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School are both close to The Rise as well as Hardian School and Trinity School.
Public transport

The Rise is located in the west of Newcastle, on Armstrong Road. It is only a short drive or bus journey into the city centre, and the A1(M) and other key road networks are just minutes away. An international airport and a rail station offering local, regional and national services are close by (the Newcastle Central Station is 3 miles away), and the area is well served by public transport.


  • Regular bus services to central Newcastle (Bus Service №1 serves every 15 minutes, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Easy access to major road links i.e. the A1
  • Within the vicinity of the development there is a number of local cycle routes availiable. The wider use of cycles as a form of transport is being encouraged and the need for shorter car journeys is being reduced because of the provision of sheltered secure cycle storage together with suitable local cycle routes. (Hadrians Cycleway)

Plan showing revised location for Bus Stop 1 (, showing pedestrian, cycle and bus links (

Meeting local housing requirements

The Rise development is a collection of 1, 2, 3 & 4-bedroom unique homes. The first phase of 397 units is underway and will feature a range of tenures and unit types:

    • 36 dwellings for Affordable Rent of which a minimum of 30% will be 3 bedroom or larger and the balance will be no less than 2 bedrooms
    • 22 dwellings for Affordable Home Ownership as defined in Planning Policy Statement 3 of which a minimum of 80% should be 3 and 4 bedroom or larger and the balance should be no less than 2 bedrooms

There is a strong emphasis on sustainability for the whole scheme and units will be constructed to meet level 4 requirements in the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH). The first phase of the scheme has already been awarded interim CSH certification.

The Development Layout (

Creating a place

  • Street scenes have been developed to provide a coherent, legible neighbourhood.
  • The rear elevations of the buildings, which are visible from a distance, are significant, when considering the views from across the river.
  • The elevations break up the massing of the overall development and the distance views on the Development are mainly influenced by texture, colour and contrast.
  • Contrasting brickwork and hardiplank achieve the required effect on the elevations.
  • A mix of style and canopy design also takes place.
    Character Zones Diagram (
Working with the site and its context
  • The advantage of existing level changes is being taken by the Rise Development through a series of ramped planes.
  • The Rise has a number of innovative energy efficiency features. The masterplan includes a combined heat and power (CHP) district heating system, which will come into operation when there is the critical mass and the infrastructure works for this are currently underway.
  • Also, the provision of water butts to all homes with a private external space will be provided and flood risk will be mitigated by discharging surface water into the tidal River Tyne.

(Authors own image, 2019)

Creating well defined streets and spaces

There are three Corner Turner Housetypes, which ones make it easier to navigate through the site:

  1. Housetype VW or similar
  2. Housetype 926
  3. Housetype 34Plan Showing Location of Corner Turner Housetypes (
Easy to find your way around

It is easy to orient through the site due to:

  • different house and block types used
  • huge linear parks
  • clear links, directions and routes
  • boulevards and promenades

Development and Block Strategy (

Street & Home

Streets for all

The space deals with significant level changes to create a DDA compliant access route through a series of ramped planes. The ramps are made from insitu concrete with exposed local aggregate and darker bands of feature paving to reference the geology which includes sandstone and coal seams. The ramps vary in length and alignment to create an informal arrangement which gives a distinctive character and is not simply an engineering solution to provide access.Accessible Routes Plan (

Typical Streetscenes and Indicative Design of a Linear Park (

Car parking
  • Each dwelling has its own secure vehicle storage.

Car Parking ( Parking (Authors own images, 2019)

Public & private spaces
  • Each home has its own private garden space.
  • A Linear Park is a big green public open space with accessible pedestrian routes through.
  • There is a Hodgkin Park, which has large children’s play area and a multi-use games area, what provides a communal outside space for residents to relax in.

Public Spaces (Authors own images, 2019)
Private Spaces (Authors own images, 2019)


External storage and amenity space
  • Each of the dwellings has its own storage space.
  • An accessible route is provided to the bin storage/compositing area.
  • The houses are also provided with sheltered secure cycle storage and amenity space.

Generic Plot Access Arrangements ( and Amenity Space (Authors own images, 2019)

Concluding remarks

The Rise scheme was scored with 11 green and 1 amber. It is an impressive example of creating a sustainable neighbourhood which showcases carbon sensitive design and revives an under-utilised location in the city.


  1. [Accessed: March 2019]
  2. [Accessed: March 2019]
  3. [Accessed: March 2019]
  4. ‘The Changing Face of Newcastle – GVA’, [Accessed: March 2019]

School of Architecture
Planning and Landscape
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, NE1 7RU

Tel: 0191 208 6509


Hit Counter provided by recruiting services