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PegasusLife later living scheme approved

Eskdale Terrace Retirement Living Pegasuslife Newcastle Residential View From Eskdale Terrace Lh

Newcastle City Council has approved our plans, on behalf of PegasusLife, for a scheme which represents a new approach to later living in the city. This will be the developer’s first scheme north of Manchester, and their first collaboration with our practice.

Located in the fashionable residential suburb of Jesmond in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 63-home-development includes shared communal facilities, with a resident's lounge and first floor podium gardens. The development, which will replace the unlisted and now vacated Newcastle High School for Girls, is unlike anything else seen in the city and will help transform the perception of what constitutes a good retirement development.

The scheme sits within walking distance of the city centre, alongside a variety of eclectic boutiques, cafes and restaurants in the heart of the Brandling Village Conservation Area and South Jesmond Conservation Area. These areas were designated such in 1976 to protect the uniformity and architectural quality of their Victorian terraces, and the formalised landscape and streetscapes that they created.

In response, our elegant and restrained proposal adopts an extruded gable terrace form. By taking the common dimension of a single pitched roof of a domestic building within the conservation area, and replicating this feature in proportion to the proposed mass, the proposal develops a similar language to that of the existing built community.

Eskdale Terrace Retirement Living Pegasuslife Newcastle Residential Model Front Elevation Lh

By defining a modular approach to the design of the envelope’s composition and repeating this along the length of the building, the proposals offer a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional terrace which reflects the materiality of its context.

Lee McLaughlin, Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, said: “As with all of our projects we aim to bring forward buildings that are socially driven and environmentally responsive. Our collaboration to date with Pegasus Life has pushed us further into the residential opportunities facing our future, and has delivered a scheme for Eskdale that is rich in character and distinct in identity.”