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We are excited to confirm that DPP’s Newcastle office has been shortlisted for the Specialist Property Consultancy Award at the Insider North East Property Awards. 

Shortlisted to the final three firms in the Specialist Property Consultancy of the Year category, the awards reward North East-based specialist consultancies which have made significant contributions to developments in planning, design, deliverability and cost control during the past 12 months.

DPP’s submission highlights the projects that the team have delivered over the past 12 months, including securing two major consents at planning committee in one day and our involvement in the completion of the iconic Hadrian’s Tower, schemes which will play a large part in transforming the face of the region’s economic fortunes and skyline. Particular highlights were:

Riverside on the former Vaux site, Sunderland – The two new office buildings at Riverside Sunderland are a key component of Sunderland City Council’s Masterplan and will result in £34m of investment and provide over 14,000sqm of new office space, facilitating over 1,800 new high-quality private sector jobs;

Quayside West, Newcastle – This mixed-use development for up to 1,100 residential units, a hotel and over 2,400sqm of commercial, community and leisure space, will result in £250m of investment. The scheme will regenerate a 7.9ha brownfield site on Newcastle’s famous Quayside, creating 1,000 new jobs and delivering 1,100 new residential units and is the catalyst to open the whole of the Forth Yards area up for further regeneration;

Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle – A bold city centre regeneration scheme, delivering a 27-storey residential development with a new concept of community and urban living at its heart; unlike anything seen in the north east before, comprising 159 luxury one, two and three-bedroom apartments, a champagne bar on the 27th floor and coffee lounge on the ground floor. Visible on the skyline from around the city and beyond, the building provides unrivalled, never before seen views across the city and beyond and integrates high-quality architecture into the city centre. Hadrian’s Tower has become a beacon for the city, instilling confidence in investment and bold design;

Aykley Heads, Durham – A regionally significant scheme which will deliver a substantial number of employment opportunities for the region, resulting in £140m of investment, creating 4,000 new high-quality jobs and once completed, will be worth £400m to the region;

Pedestrian bridge across the River Wear –  This scheme will result in £31m of investment and represents a crucial part of the delivery of the Riverside Sunderland Masterplan by connecting the two sides of the River Wear. It will be a new attraction, resulting in significantly more linked trips and spend to Sunderland city centre, with the opportunity for also embedding 5G technology; and

New community and leisure centre, Morpeth – This £18m community and leisure centre will include exceptional facilities including a 6-lane pool, learner pool, spectator gallery, spa facilities, a 4-court sports hall, a gym/fitness suite and studios, a café area and soft play, as well as key public services including a library, customer services and adult learning services.

All of these fantastic schemes will make a huge contribution to cementing the area as one of Europe’s finest regions with placemaking and quality design its heart.

Speaking about being shortlisted, Director Jo Robison said:

We are excited to be shortlisted again. In the past 12 months, the team have risen to the challenge and we have witnessed a regional property industry that has remained resilient and determined to weather the storm. The success of delivering two complex and difficult planning permissions for Quayside West in Newcastle upon Tyne and Riverside Sunderland in Sunderland on the same day is testament to the persistence and hard work of our team, as well as the Local Planning Authorities involved and our technical and design team colleagues.

In 2020 we secured planning permissions worth £400 million of investment for the North East, creating circa 7,000 new jobs once complete, upwards of 1,500 new homes and community and leisure developments to enhance the lives of local people, including adult learning and special educational needs. It is really pleasing to see this achievement reflected in our shortlisting and we are looking forward to celebrating our achievements at the awards ceremony in July.

We also really pleased to see our new Newcastle office, Haylofts, shortlisted in the Design Excellence Award. This is Newcastle City Centre’s first co-working space, evolving the business centre format with a unique courtyard install with a suite of meeting rooms and tiered seat lecture theatre which offers flexibility for touchdown working, informal meetings and exercise classes. The scheme uplifts the business centre concept to provide more 21st Century ‘flex space’ which our team enjoy being part of.

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