Plans drawn up for Spittal Quay housing

Plans for 35 new waterfront homes with stunning views across the River Tweed towards Berwick have been lodged.

Thursday, 14th February 2019, 11:10 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 16:13 pm
Plans to redevelop Spittal Quay have been drawn up by GMC.

The development of the derelict Spittal Quay site is being planned by Berwick firm GM Craig (GMC).

It has submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council on the back of extensive discussions since acquiring the site nearly two years ago.

Spittal Quay. Picture by Alan Hughes

GMC director Neil Craig said: “We have invested so much in getting this scheme right and are very excited to share it.

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“The finished design will provide 35 new waterfront properties transforming the existing derelict land into an architectural masterpiece showing Spittal’s journey from industrial past to its future as a leisure destination.

“We’ve spent over a year on this design with our appointed architect Ian Tod. Ian has enjoyed a long career in design across the world in waterfront architecture and embassy design. The design team also took a proactive approach involving county council planners at an early stage.”

The site is next to Berwick lifeboat station and has superb views towards the town’s Elizabethan walls.

Neil added: “Here at GMC, the company’s roots are firmly in place at Spittal having operated next door to this site for over 30 years.

“Anyone living or visiting the site between 1970–2000 will see the inspiration for the silo shaped end to the main block of apartments.”

The site has been empty since the last tenant, Tarmac Ltd, terminated its lease in 2008.

From 1979 the site was operated by Tilling Construction Services, exporting aggregate via two huge silos which fed a conveyor to load cargo ships.

Before this it is known that Berwick Harbour Commission took possession of the site in June 1914.

The site was most recently been owned by the Homes and Communties Agency (HCA).