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Smith's Dock, North Shields.
Rebecca Wayman

Building facades revealed for North Shields Smith's Dock creating over 800 new homes

Two new structures have been unveiled on the Tyne today (September 19), as the facades of the Smokehouses buildings at Smith’s Dock have been revealed.

Urban Splash and Places for People - the joint developers updating the former dockyard in North Shields, creating more than 800 homes, workspaces, green spaces and public amenities - have released new images showing the structures ahead of the buildings’ full completion in 2019.

They will comprise 80 apartments with views of the river. Guy Ackernley, speaking on behalf of the JV, explained: “We’re thrilled to have taken down the scaffolding and revealed the exteriors of these beautiful buildings for the first time.

“We’ve already completed 34 houses on the elevated Plateau area of Smith’s Dock, but these apartments are the first fixture of our scheme directly on the waterfront, bringing a prominent new addition to the local landscape.

“Aesthetically they’re in keeping with the local area and are a natural architectural extension of the neighbouring apartments at Brewery Bond.”

The JV partners are now marketing the final apartments on sale at the Smokehouses, where some of the one, two and three-bedroom properties remain on sale.

Guy continued: “The internal aesthetics are equally as beautiful and design-led - including floor to ceiling glass windows which allow natural light to flood in. We’ll be able to share the first visuals of those later in the year.”

The apartments have been designed by architects SimpsonHaugh. The practice also developed the overall site masterplan which will bring into use much of the waterfront with new ideas for future phases soon to be unveiled.

David Green, partner at SimpsonHaugh, added: Our aim was to provide a unique residential experience that contributes to the identity of Smith’s Dock.

“Drawing inspiration from the form and scale of the adjacent Brewery Bond Warehouse, the fully glazed gables will offer residents spectacular views across the River Tyne.”

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