Walker Riverside

A community in Walker Riverside had rejected a masterplan under the housing pathfinder scheme. We were brought in by the city of Newcastle and PfP to prepare a new plan with and for local people that could gain support and establish the foundations for the regeneration of the area in which existing residents would benefit without being displaced by clumsy gentrification. We decided to run an open and public community design event in the local leisure centre. We had 10 days to assemble a team and eventually took 20 designers from David Adjaye, Sergison Bates, Letts Wheeler and other notable practices to work with us. A local councillor later described it as the ‘best work done in Newcastle in living memory’.