The Rise: Winner of top national planning award

As Architects and Town Planning Consultants for The Rise at Scotswood, IDPartnership are thrilled that this flagship development has been awarded the esteemed ‘Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing’ award by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The Rise was up against strong competition in the 2015 RTPI Planning Excellence Awards, as competing schemes included:

  • Chelmsford City Park West (Phases 1 & 2) – Submitted by Bidwells LLP
  • Glasgow Commonwealth Games – The Athlete Village – Submitted by Glasgow City Council
  • Hanham Hall – Submitted by HTA Design LLP (commended)
  • Hillington Square – Submitted by Mæ Architects
  • One Woolwich, Greenwich – Submitted by Pollard Thomas Edwards & Peter Brett Associates
  • Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge – Submitted by Barratt Developments plc

Earlier in 2015, the development was awarded a RICS North East Renaissance Award in the Residential category, and was shortlisted for the Regeneration category. The Rise has also been accredited as ‘Outstanding’ by Building for Life – The industry standard for the design of new housing.

Prior to start on site there had been ten years of local community consultation under the banner Going for Growth – The New Neighbourhood, facilitated by Newcastle City Council. The findings of this led to the establishment of the New Tyne West Development Company – a public-private joint venture comprising Newcastle City Council and developers; Barratt Homes and Keepmoat. The aim of which was to deliver a new sustainable community with 1,800 new, energy efficient homes and local facilities.

Local residents played a key role and finessing of the evolving design. The planning application process involved over thirty meetings and presentations with local residents and interested parties. The city council’s neighbourhood team and partner representatives regularly attended meetings of a wide range of community groups to report progress and gather feedback. This included disability, church and neighbourhood groups, so that all could influence the design proposals as they progressed. For example, the North East Disability Forum was keen to ensure that a Disability Discrimination Act compatible landscape access was provided throughout the site. This was a major challenge due to the site’s typography but one which the design team delivered through the use of meandering routes and ramps.

Links were also forged with local schools – particularly Bridgewater Primary and the Excelsior Academy and regular student visits to site continue, with older pupils examining the economics of buying and running a home. Workshops were staged to alert small, local businesses to the opportunities available through the project and seek their input.

IDPartnership feel that winning this RTPI Award demonstrates the success of The Rise as an exemplar scheme for collaborative working and inclusive planning, and they are very proud to have been involved with such a strong team.

More details about the development are available on IDPartnership’s page on The Rise.


10 July 2015