Newcastle Eagles

Newcastle Eagles

The tower blocks of Cruddas Park in the west end of Newcastle had long been associated with crime and vandalism. Initiatives by the city council to improve the site and halt its decline had made little difference. But then came Riverside Dene – a transformation of five of the blocks led by the council and Your Homes Newcastle – and an opportunity to completely regenerate the remaining brownfield site.

The Newcastle Eagles basketball team and their community foundation stepped into the breach. Close to the city centre, the site was perfect for the hundreds of young basketball players in the region. The new stadium would also act as a magnet for a new social enterprise village. But the large area of open parkland passed to the city by the original Cruddas family was restricted by covenant. Any changes had to be carefully considered and fully justified.

The planning support statement and landscape proposals for replacement open space that we developed as part of the submission were therefore critical to the success of the project. We also carried out a ground condition survey, assessments of noise, flood risk and sustainability, and a town centre use sequential test.