Tree Top Village

Location: Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne
Client: Your Homes Newcastle / Wates
Status: Completed 2017

Phase One Description:
Phase One of the project proves retirement accommodation in the form of 75 one and two-bedroom apartments. These are arranged around a central courtyard and an internal atrium which accommodates various community and retail facilities.

Tree Top Village (a name chosen after careful interaction with local residents and school children), offers an hotel-like environment for the core building. A generous entrance foyer and reception welcomes residents and the local community into a spacious and well-lit mall. This groundbreaking development is designed utilising the design concepts of Professor Hans Marcel Becker.

Dr Hans Marcel Becker invited the design team and a YHN representative to visit Humanitas’ Retirement Villages in Rotterdam. Dr Hans Marcel Becker’s resident-centred approach to older persons care, inspired and transformed the eventual masterplan for the development.

The atrium/mall at Tree Top Village offers a range of attractive facilities; this space has now been offered to Sweet Sentiments Card and Gift Shop that provides a range of old fashioned sweets, hair and beauty salon, health and mobility support, reminiscence museum , and community rooms, as well as a prize winning Italian pizzeria and coffee shop with patio for ‘al-fresco’ dining. This generous and airy space is naturally lit from above by an hotel-like atrium. This also provides access to flats above and enables residents to see what is going on and choose to participate in a range of interesting activities.

All flats are designed to wheelchair mobility standard, and a range of flats also provide enhanced levels of accessibility for residents with higher mobility needs. All flats have also been designed to HAPPI recommendations and have compliant balcony and winter gardens.

In 2017, Tree Top Village was awarded Outstanding Development of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) North East.

Phase Two Description:
Phase Two comprises an adjacent collection of 44 bunaglows and two-storey cottages, each with individual entrances.