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Newcastle Downing Developments Scheme

Plans have been unveiled in Newcastle Upon Tyne for a new development reaching almost 60 metres high.

Designed by Ian Simpson Architects for Downing Developments, the scheme has as its highlight a 17 floor tower, impressive for Newcastle until you take into account that the previous plans for this site, the Gallowgate Tower, were 52 floors. Within the blocks of the scheme will be a mixture of office and residential use plus landscaped public areas between the blocks.

The designs are what could be described as typically Simpsonesque in their nature with a patchwork of similarly textured cladding and slightly recessed windows plus sharp corners and lots of completely straight angles with barely a curve in sight.

It's a box of tricks Ian Simpson has used extensively before with schemes such as 2-4 Chester Road in Manchester, but one that clearly remains popular with developers despite the lack of originality in it these days.

The attitude of the council towards such developments is revealing with the reddish look of the proposal. It has forced to fit in with the surroundings which are totally unremarkable 70s brick apartment blocks and equally unpleasant office blocks showing a complete lack of aspiration in their town planning.

The local council however has a strong reputation against high-rise developments that are driving the urban renaissance of other northern British cities. With the success of Manchester and Leeds it appears this is a ball-game Newcastle still doesn't want to play.

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