Building For Life 12: The Rise (Phase 1), Scotswood

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…
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Meet with BfL 12 : Staiths South Bank, Gateshead

A month ago, I visited a stunning housing complex at Staiths South Bank (SSB), Gateshead. Mine visited SSB to see what is Building for Life 12 (BfL12) criteria was implemented in real, which is mentioning: Integration into the neighbourhood  1. Connections It is about around 15 minutes drive from Newcastle city centre. There are two…
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Building For Life 12: Staiths South Bank, Gateshead

  Building for Life 12 is a standard criteria to guide about designing good places to live. In this post, I will analyse Staithes South Bank by using those criteria. 1.Connection Providing cycle and pedestrian network links to the surrounding areas. The cycle and pedestrian also connect with the bridge at the left of the…
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Building for Life Assessment: Smith’s Dock, North Shields

Building for Life comprises of 12 criteria [1] in which a housing scheme can be assessed and awarded an appropriate red, amber or green symbol based on how successfully the development meets each criteria. I have chosen to analyse Smith’s Dock in North Shields – a trendy new development which combines cutting edge urban living,…
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Building for Life 12: The Axwell Courtyard, Blaydon-on-Tyne

Axwell Park Courtyard, a secluded development set in a landscape of woodlands. Visiting the scheme, it genuinely feels like the countryside. In this post, I will be analysing the development in relation to the Building for Life 12 criteria; designed to help structure discussions on new residential developments to help identify what issues matter to…
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Building for Life: Sinclair Meadows, South Shields

Building for Life 12 is a standard that encourages implementations for well-designed neighbourhoods [1]. It is the traffic-light toolkit that will be used to analyse Sinclair Meadows eco-village in South Shields, the UK’s first carbon-negative street [2]. 1. Connections Sinclair Meadows fits in with the surrounding land use, but fails to make new connections within…
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