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School children unveil artwork at £4m housing scheme, The Staithes

Year Six pupils from St. Peter and Paul R.C. Primary School joined the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson this week to officially open one of our schemes in South Shields, St Mary’s; now known as ‘The Staithes’.

Located in Tyne Dock off Lord Nelson Street, it comprises of 31 two and three bedroom homes and six two-bedroom bungalows for older residents. This development was constructed on behalf of Karbon Homes and was built on the site of the former St. Mary’s CofE Primary School and the adjacent St. Mary’s Centre.

Construction works completed earlier this year and all homes are now fully occupied. Cllr. Ken Stephenson, Mayor of South Tyneside, said: “I’m delighted to officially open this development, we are committed to working in partnership to provide much-needed affordable homes to meet local need across the Borough. I’m sure anyone living at The Staithes will be proud to call it home.”

Year Six pupils at St Peter and Paul RC Primary School were asked to create artwork for the scheme, and they used the history of the docks and shipyards in South Shields as their inspiration. A piece of artwork was created to act as an entrance feature.

The Staithes was highly commended in the High Volume New Housing Development category of the Local Authority Building Control, North East Building Excellence Awards last month. The layout for the development uses the ‘Home Zone’ principles to ensure all the homes are easily accessible, and the site is pedestrian and cycle friendly, with traffic calming measures throughout.

The new homes were built by Gus Robinson Developments, designed by architects Norr Consultants and the design was approved by the North East Design Review Panel. Portland Consulting Engineers and Elliot Associates were also part of the project team.

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