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Royal Institute of British Architects


From 01 January 2017, as part of their membership undertaking, Chartered Practices will be bound by the RIBA Code of Practice for Chartered Practices.


As a Chartered Practice registered with the RIBA, Anthony Watson Chartered Architect will need to comply with this. 


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New Work


We have several new and exciting projects via recent appointments.


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Project Updates

Joicey Road, Low Fell - Thursby Homes (Springs) Ltd.


Thursby Homes (Springs) Ltd. started on site in November 2018 with their development in the heart of Low Fell. The existing Springs Leisure Club has been demolished and the cleared site is now being developed. The successful contractor for the project is Able Construction (Northern) Ltd. and work is expected to last around 12 months completing in November 2019. 

The proposed project comprises 22 luxury apartments within a woodland setting. There will be a management plan in place to maintain the grounds as well as the building iteself for the benefit of the new residents.  


New HQ, Hexham - In House Inspired Room Design


Work is almost complete on the New HQ in Hexham for InHouse Inspired Room Design. It is anticipated that the showroom will be open for business in January 2019.


The contractor for the project - Black and White Construction - have completed the work which is a significant addition to the Bridge End Industrial Estate in Hexham. In House are looking forward to moving to their new home bringing together several aspects of their service in one purpose built building.


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Shinwell Court, Hebburn - Bernicia Group


Work has been completed at Shinwell Court in Hebburn for Bernicia Group. The scheme comprises a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom homes. The construction process took almost 18 months but the finished development was certainly worth the wait. Bernicia had over 140 applications for the 14 homes. 


Sharon Lake - Bernicia Programme Manager - said 'We are over the moon with the quality of the homes - it is such an improvement for the local community. We are starting off a new community based on affordable, high quality family accommodation which we specialise in at Bernicia.'


The scheme was a Design and Build working with Able Construction (Northern) Ltd. which provided each home with its own private driveway, garden and utility room, together with ample visitor parking for family and friends. 


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The Sidings, Darlington - Railway Housing Association 


Work is now complete on site for Railway Housing Association's Phase 1 development at Haughton Road in Darlington. A total of 73 units have been built including a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom houses, 2 bedroom bungalows, 1 bedroom apartments and the conversion of a Grade II listed engine shed to 10 houses. 


The contractor for the works was Tolent Construction, with Structural and Civil Engineering designs carried out by Coast Consulting Engineers. The project management for the scheme was carried out by Hall and Partners.


Phase 2 of the overall project comprising a further 14 bungalows has now received planning permission and is due to start on site in Spring 2019. 


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Ashdale Road, Consett - Karbon Developments Ltd.


Planning permission has been granted for 24no. 2 bedroom bungalows on a site in Consett previously occupied by the local swimming baths. 


The project has been tendered and the successful contractor for the site works is Surgo Construction from Newcastle. Work will start in early January 2019 and is expected to take around 11 months to complete.  


Lord Gort Close, Sunderland 


Planning permission has been received for the external refurbishment of Lord Gort Close in Southwick, Sunderland for Housing and Care 21. Tenders are currently being sought for this as well as internal improvements to the apartments and common areas. 


It is anticipated that work will commence on site in early March 2019, and will take around 12 months to complete.


St. George's Terrace, Roker


Planning permission has been granted for 3 no. 4 bedroom detached houses on a secluded site in Roker, Sunderland. The development is currently being marketed by Paul Airey Estate Agents with demand expected to be high for this prestigious site. 


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Cox Green Road, Penshaw


Work is nearing completion on the first properties at Cox Green Road in Penshaw. 


The developers W and D Christie have retired from their motor business and are developing the brownfield site previously used as their car repair facility.


The site comprises 14 no. 3 bedroom homes constructed in timber frame using Flitcraft as the frame manufacturers. The properties are aimed at first time buyers with the bonus of the Help to Buy initiative available for each house.





Afton Way, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Bernicia


Work has finally started on site to deliver a mixture of 2 and 3 bed houses together with 2 bed bungalows. The successful contractor is Gus Robinson from Hartlepool. The project is expected to be complete in late summer 2017.


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Charlton's Bonds, Newcastle upon Tyne - Thursby Homes Ltd.

We have been apppointed by Thursby Homes to prepare construction drawings for their refurbishment and conversion of Charlton's Bonds Warehouse in the centre of Newcastle. The project comprises a mix of 22 one, two and three bedroom apartments together with commercial space on the ground floor. 


Work has just started on site with a completion expected late Spring/ early Summer 2017. 



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Westlands, Coxhoe, County Durham - Moordale North East Ltd. 


Work has started and is progressing well on a development of 12 no two bedroom bungalows for sale in Coxhoe, Durham. Moordale North East Ltd. have secured funding to begin work and are looking forward to first completions in Spring 2017. The bungalows are targetted at people downsizing whilst maintaining generous living space with parking and garaging for 2 cars.


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Langley Mill, Co. Durham - David Cooper


Planning permission has been granted for a unique opportunity to construct an executive dwelling overlooking the Deerness Valley close to the much sought after village of Lanchester. The new house has full planning permission, but David wants to put his own stamp on the project which will involve a new submission to Durham County Council for a revised Planning Permission.


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Golden Square, Wooler - Four Housing


The redevelopment of Golden Square in Wooler is now complete. N.B. Clark - contractors for the scheme - handed over the final properties at the end of August. There is a mixture of family houses and bungalows which have been designed to be bungalow friendly. All the homes have now been let and everyone is delighted with the overall result. Andrew Drury - Four Housing Development Officer - said it is one of the best schemes he has worked on and praised the whole team for their efforts over the last 3 years. 


Simmonds Court, Chollerford - Riverside


Our recently completed rural housing scheme at Simmonds Court in Chollerford for Riverside was awarded the 'Best New Affordable Housing Scheme - Under 100 Properties' in the National Housing Excellence Awards in Manchester on 11th May 2016. The project beat off competition from all parts of the UK to win this prestigious award. Claire O'Shea - Project Supervisor at Riverside - collected the award on behalf of the whole development team.


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Leah Gardens, Mickley Square - Riverside


Leah Gardens in Mickley Square was shortlisted in the 2016 Northern Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards in the 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing' category. The awards ceremony took place on the 8th July 2016 at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead. 


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Simmonds Court, Chollerford - Riverside


Simmonds Court in Chollerford was also shortlisted in the 2016 Northern Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards in the 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing' category.  


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Elizabethan Court, Berwick - Four Housing


Elizabethan Court in Berwick-upon-Tweed has also been shortlisted in the 2016 Northern Regional LABC Building Excellence Awards in the 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing' category. This comes on top of the national award for the best Social Housing development in the prestigious Premier Guarantee National Awards in London in November 2015. 

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Temple Park Court, South Shields - ISOS


Work is completed at Temple Green in South Shields. The project of 18 new apartments for ISOS has been successfully let and the residents have settled in to their new homes.


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