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The Rise is located in the electoral ward of Benwell and Scotswood of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. With the completion of 1st phase (4 phases remain)[1], it intends to accommodate “diverse, sustainable and forward looking community” comprised of the local working class population[2]. I will further assess The Rise according to 12 criteria of Building for Life. Each criterion will be granted a red, amber or green colour, depending on its unsuccessful, moderate or successful implementation within the scheme, respectively.

Integrating Into The Neighbourhood

CONNECTIONS

  • Entrance from and exit onto the existing Armstrong Road
  • Low permeability within a larger scale of surrounding neighbourhoods

FACILITIES AND SERVICES

  • No community facilities provided (yet)
  • 1 candle shop and 1 sporting goods shop

                                                                                                    Surrounding Facilities [3]
PUBLIC TRANSPORT

  • Access to #1 Stagecoach bus route, operating from Newcastle City Centre to Slatyford
  • Access to #30, 31 Stagecoach bus routes, operating from Kenton through City Centre to West Denton (minimum 8 minutes)
  • Access to #84 Go North East bus route, operating from City Centre to Metrocentre (minimum 8 minutes)

                                                                                               Public Transport Circulation[4]
MEETING LOCAL HOUSING REQUIREMENTS

  • Variety of housing typologies (detached, semi-detached, terraced and apartments)
  • Affordable house prices
  • Outright ownership
                   Semi-Detached House[5]                                      Terraced House[6]                                          Detached House[7]
Creating A Place

CHARACTER

  • Consistent colour use for houses
  • Consistent density (medium) of houses
  • Consistent use of natural materials (brick, timber and roof slate)

WORKING WITH THE SITE AND ITS CONTEXT

  • Respecting the natural slope of the area
  • Establishing views to the river, Gateshead and Angel of the North
  • Appropriate house typology to the surrounding environment
  • Convenient sunlight penetration due to house positioning

                                                                                                    Listed Buildings[8]
                                                                                                     Public Open Spaces[9]
CREATING WELL DEFINED STREETS AND SPACES

  • House entrances commonly face streets
  • Defined routes according to houses’ positioning

EASY TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND

  • Overall, optimal hierarchy of streets
  • Provision of marker buildings on the edges of streets
                  Walwick Fell (W to E)[10]                              Armstrong Road (S to N)[11]                    Featherwood Avenue (SE to NW)[12]
Street And Home

STREETS FOR ALL

  • Width of streets allows playing opportunities
  • More attention to vehicular rather than pedestrian routes
  • Discomfort for wheelchair users due to the natural slope

CAR PARKING

  • Defined car parking spaces through consistent material use on the ground
  • Variety of car parking solutions (in front, sheltered on the side, open on the side, beside)
  • 2 car parking spaces for each household

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES

  • 2 defined small play areas (uncertainty regarding maintenance)
  • Defined private spaces in form of back gardens
  • Front gardens integrate well with streets

EXTERNAL STORAGE AND AMENITY SPACE

  • Recycling storage spaces in front and behind houses (protected by timber fencing)
                                        Front Gardens[13]                                                                    Recycle Storage and Car Parking Spaces[14]
In Summary

Overall, the Rise (Phase 1) scored 6 green, 5 amber and 1 red, showing that the scheme is partially successful. The main disadvantage of this scheme is the lack of community infrastructure, which will be resolved in later phases. Considering the following issues, I am looking forward to reassess this scheme upon the completion of remaining 4 phases.

                                                                                    The Rise (Phase 2) Masterplan[15]
                                                                                         The Rise (Phase 2) Site Sections[16]
 


References:

[Featured Image] Barratt Homes (2020) The Rise. Available at: https://www.barratthomes.co.uk/new-homes/tyne—wear/h672701-the-rise/ (Accessed: 1 March 2020).

[1]The Rise (2020) The development. Available at: http://www.therise.info/the-area/the-development (Accessed: 1 March 2020).

[2]The Rise (2020) The vision. Available at: http://www.therise.info/ (Accessed: 1 March 2020).

[3]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Surrounding Facilities. 

[4]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Public Transport Circulation

[5]Saglam, F. (2020) [Image] Semi-Detached House.

[6]Saglam, F. (2020) [Image] Terraced House.

[7]Saglam, F. (2020) [Image] Detached House.

[8]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Listed Buildings.

[9]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Public Open Spaces.

[10]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Walwick Fell (W to E).

[11]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Armstrong Road (S to N).

[12]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Featherwood Avenue (SE to NW).

[13]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Front Gardens.

[14]Zeynalov, A. (2020) [Image] Recycle Storage and Car Parking Spaces.

[15]IDPartnership Group (2020a) [Image] The Rise: Phase Two. Available at: http://idpartnership.com/portfolio/masterplanning/rise-phase-two/ (Accessed: 2 March 2020).

[16]IDPartnership Group (2020b) [Image] The Rise: Phase Two. Available at: http://idpartnership.com/portfolio/masterplanning/rise-phase-two/ (Accessed: 2 March 2020).

Built for Life homes (2018) Building For Life 12. Available at: http://www.builtforlifehomes.org/downloads/BfL12_2018.pdf (Accessed: 1 March 2020).

Historic England (2020) Map Search. Available at: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/map-search?clearresults=True (Accessed: 1 March 2020).

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

Tel: 0191 208 6509

Email: nicola.rutherford@ncl.ac.uk


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