Luxury apart-hotel proposed for Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley
North East Developer Modo Bloc has revealed plans to develop a stylish apart-hotel on a site in the Ouseburn, Newcastle.
The rapidly growing Newcastle-based company has submitted plans to the city council to build 28 apartments within a single, five storey structure on Foundry Lane. The proposal to develop a vacant brownfield site builds upon previous planning consent for a mixed-use development by the same design team.
The £8.5 million project will comprise a mixture of one, two and three bed apartments along with one four-bed apartment. It is proposed the ground floor will be made up of some retail and commercial units with associated parking for vehicles and cycles.
Located within the Ouseburn Conservation Area, Miller Partnership Architects have given great care and attention to the heritage and character of the site when designing the structure.
Co-director Steve Miller, who worked on the original Ouseburn Central Masterplan with Newcastle City Council, explained that careful consideration has been given to an architectural approach which adopts the characteristics of surrounding industrial buildings and prominent structures.
Steve said: “The built elements of this proposal are in keeping with the scale of the area. With a limited frontage along Foundry Lane and a desire to give each individual apartment a river / street frontage the overall building is subdivided into units, each with principle living accommodation open to the view.
“A limited pallete of traditional materials is proposed – from red brick to exposed steel and glass. It will be a contemporary structure, which is sympathetic to the Ouseburn’s industrial past.”
During the pre-planning phase, Modo Bloc liaised closely with local residents and occupiers to consult on any worries or concerns.
George Jenkins, MD of Modo Bloc, said: “We fully recognise the unique character of the Ouseburn. We have consulted with local stakeholders and our architects have paid particular attention to the local environment. Attention has also been paid to the existing acoustic landscape, recognising the live music that gives the Ouseburn Valley its distinctive character.”
“Our proposed development will be designed and built to the same high standard of building construction and interior design as other apart-hotels we have already delivered and are currently delivering elsewhere around Newcastle.
“A new investment like this should also encourage greater tourism for the area, helping create and support employment, while also stimulating local businesses with marketing efforts.”
The project will be styled and developed much like an earlier scheme that Modo Bloc brought to the market in 2021 – Chelmsford Lofts, a stylish 8-flat aparthotel in Sandyford, Newcastle. Managed by Your Lofts, the concept is proving popular with people booking weekend ‘staycations‘ and longer corporate stays. Modo Bloc is currently redeveloping a former care home, at Springfield Park, Forest Hall into 12 self-serviced luxury apartments.
The Ouseburn proposal will be the third apart-hotel to be run by Your Lofts.
George said: “We have ambitious plans to build more design-led homes and develop more land for both residential and commercial use with exceptional craftsmanship at the forefront. We‘re always looking at interesting investment and development options in North East communities and beyond.”