November 5, 2019
Gosforth-based Regents Gate Homes may be a new name on the property scene, but its planned developments are putting them on the map as a housebuilder for the future – from its first project, Regents Plaza Apartments, due for completion in spring next year, to its latest venture, the residential development of the former Sanderson Hospital on North Avenue, Gosforth.
Working with Sadler Brown Architecture and Curtis PDC, the masterplan for the former Sanderson Hospital is to build 37 new dwellings around a central, landscaped garden. There will be a mix of housing types and styles, which perfectly reflect the cosmopolitan make-up of Gosforth and will provide ideal housing solutions for a range of homeowners.
There are 13 luxury detached homes planned, with four or five bedrooms and as the discerning buyer would expect from the Channel 4 Grand Designs architect, all feature clever design features offering something just a little bit different. Two of the detached homes are designed as Dutch bungalows and can if required offer complete ground floor living.
A terrace of spacious contemporary townhouses feature to the north of the site and there are two blocks of large two and three-bed apartments.
All the houses have private gardens and the apartments have shared outdoor space.
A vitally important part of the redevelopment of the site has been the consideration given to the landscaping. In addition to the garden spaces and in keeping with the original layout of the site, the houses are laid out in a square overlooking a beautifully designed central green. This area includes seating, recreational and activity space and sensory spaces with a diverse range of textures, scented and colourful groundcover and shrubs for all-round seasonal appeal. There will also be new tree planting, and existing mature trees and shrubbery will be retained wherever possible.
Tony Harmieson, managing director of Sadler Brown Architecture, explains the thinking behind the project: “Those who know the site may remember the old hospital building before it was demolished in 2010.
“We have designed a range of stunning homes for use in the 21st Century while remaining mindful of what was there before and the environment in which this new development will stand.
“Sadler Brown Architecture is immensely proud of its contribution to the project and we wish it every success.”
Gary Morton, managing director of the Morton Group and Regents Gate Homes, adds: “Knowing the important history of the site and part it has played in the life and times of Gosforth and the wider community, we have been careful to ensure our plans have considered this and we build something that this beautiful location is worthy of. We want the people who buy our homes to enjoy the highest standard of living in a house that is very much their home.
“We anticipate starting on site before the end of 2019 and working with Sanderson Young, our sales agents, another local Gosforth business.”