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DPP’s Newcastle office has secured two awards at the North East Insider Property Awards.

The first award was for Specialist Consultancy of the Year, pipping Lichfields and Consult North to be recognised as having made the greatest contribution to developments in planning, design, deliverability and cost control across the region over the past 12 months. In making the award the judges commented on the company’s in-house training systems, flexible working approach and our strong team values. The highlighted projects include:

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.

The second award was for DPP’s project Hadrian’s Tower in Newcastle which won the Residential Project of the Year Category. The High Street Group/Citygrove led scheme designed by FaulknerBrowns and constructed by Tolent Construction was acknowledged as a landmark city centre regeneration scheme. The 27-storey residential development, comprising 159 luxury apartments has created significant inward investment in Newcastle with a sales value of £44m. In making the award the judges commented that the development demonstrates the strength and attractiveness of Newcastle as a place to live and the North East as a region in which to invest.

These awards follow DPP’s Cardiff and Leeds office also being shortlisted for the same category in their respective regions.

The Newcastle office are also shortlisted for awards at the forthcoming Constructing Excellence North East and Royal Town Planning Institute North East Awards.

Speaking about the wins, Director Jo Robison said:

We are so excited to win these awards. 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. I am delighted that our efforts have been recognised and we are excited to continue to deliver more major projects in the next 12 months.

Also commenting on the win, Associate Director Jen Patterson said:

We are elated to have won Specialist Property Consultancy of the Year.  It is a welcome testament to the commitment and efforts of the team over the last year, who have secured planning permissions worth £400 million of investment for the North East, creating new jobs, new homes and exciting community and leisure developments. This has all been made possible by our clients who we thrive on delivering results for, and through collaboration with other fantastic consultancies across the region. 

Finally, Associate Director Kayleigh Dixon said:

We are a small team of 9 in our Newcastle office, but we have, and continue to deliver, some of the region’s most strategic regeneration projects and it is great to be recognised for our hard work over the past 12 months.  The Covid19 pandemic has been challenging all round and collaborative working of the DPP team, our clients, project team members and other key stakeholders has continued to put the North East on the map.

Image left to right: Nicola Crowley, Jo Robison, Kayleigh Dixon and Jen Patterson

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