Newcastle upon Tyne
The Ropeworks development is to provide new homes built on the historical site of the St Lawrence Ropery, a Victorian rope factory.
The Ropery lay in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley, which was once the industrial hub of the city of Newcastle. The development site is located on land to the east of the mouth of Ouseburn. Bounded by Walker Rd and St Lawrence Rd, it is a prominent elevated site on the banks of the Tyne Gorge.
Directly in front is the empty site of the former Spiller’s Tyne Flour Mill, soon to be home to a housing development. The site backs onto a line of Tyneside Flats on Walker Rd, that wrap around the St Lawrence Square public green.
Greatspace’s historical concept proposes to reference the site’s industrial heritage by creating a solid structure with bonded brick, stacked fenestrations and wrought iron detailing. The interior design creates a welcoming environment with an edge aiming to focus on the young professional rental market. The site fronts on to the River Tyne, with the design exploiting the panoramic views up & down the river.
The project includes apart-hotels and apartments making the most of the sunlight and views to the south, with affordable accommodation to the north. Parking and bike store is planned for the ground floor and the exclusive penthouses on the top floor.