Halcrow is part of the multi-disciplinary team put together to regenerate a run-down urban area in the west end of Newcastle city centre and create a truly sustainable, new urban community.
The £435 million Scotswood project will eventually deliver 1,800 homes, schools, retail, leisure, commercial and community buildings, roads and drainage and utilities infrastructure.
Halcrow is providing civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, utilities and geo-environmental engineering consultancy services. We have designed and managed a £300,000 site investigation, including mining investigations, and helped to produce and manage the project cost plan.
We have also been involved in producing guidance documents for procuring a developer partner to join Newcastle City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Bridging Newcastle Gateshead as part of the Scotswood Urban Regeneration Vehicle, a private-public partnership.
The client aspires to hold an International Housing Expo event in 2011, showcasing modern methods of construction, energy efficiency, zero-carbon construction and sustainability. More than 1,000,000 visitors are anticipated.
Halcrow has been helping the client achieve this aim by setting strategies for ensuring the environmental and sustainability targets for the development are attained.
The quality of construction and energy efficiency of the homes on the project – and the scheme as a whole – will raise the standards of sustainable construction previously attained in the UK, including Code Level 6 homes.
A large percentage of the energy for the development will come from renewable sources, and there are strategies in place for the management and recycling of construction materials, waste and water, during construction and for the site’s whole life cycle.