In the North East, John F Hunt Regeneration will deliver a major project!

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We are pleased to confirm the details of our next major project, delivered by our local team in Birtley for South Tyneside Council.

John F Hunt Regeneration will carry out civil engineering work on former industrial land, including docks, in South Shields. Our works will prepare 9 hectares of land for a project to create a riverside district that includes houses and offices.

The plan is to replace the end wall of the failed quay with a new one and raise the old dry dock to overcome the serious flood problem. However, three docks will be restored to protect the area’s industrial heritage.

The site, which is currently on different levels, will be re-profiled to create a gentle slope from Commercial Road to the Tyne, making it more suitable for development.

Earlier this year, the plan secured £ 1.85 million from the government’s Brownfield Land Fund to support the planned provision of 250 new homes on the site. It also benefits from £ 9.4m of funding from the Northeast LEP to create a new office space in the Enterprise Zone on the other side of the road.

 Tracey Dixon, leader of the South Tyneside Council, said:

“The area has been largely abandoned for years and has the characteristics of previous heavy industry applications that are currently constraining development.

Civil engineering is needed to overcome these important field problems and make it suitable for driving multipurpose development that provides family homes and office space and creates hundreds of new jobs.

This plan will reclaim brownfield land and turn it into a vibrant riverside district that people are proud to call their hometown.”

Work is expected to begin on-site at the beginning of the new year and will be phased in, with ground and maritime improvements completed in the fall of 2023.

Steve Johnson, director of John F Hunt Regeneration, said:

“This brownfield site poses some very complex and challenging problems associated with its historical use. We are thrilled to be selected by the South Tyneside Council as its delivery partner and to return the site from a derelict state to a sustainable location for future development.”

Mott MacDonald Limited is the lead designer of the civil engineering elements of the scheme and the contract is managed by Driver Project Services.

Last year, homebuilders Keepmoat and Cussins were appointed to provide about 350 high-quality family homes and apartments, as well as related infrastructure, including a new riverside promenade.