School house North East
Rebecca Wayman

£1.2m regeneration of former Gateshead school underway for 2020

The £1.2m regeneration of a former Gateshead school has begun as onsite construction work gets underway.

The green light has been given to plans that will see the redevelopment of the former 4,000 sq ft Marley Hill primary school house on the A692 outside Sunniside, which has been vacant for almost a decade.

The move will see the old school buildings be tranformed following their conversion into two residential homes as part of wider multi-million-pound redevelopment of the entire site including the former playground area.

Adrian Reay, managing director of Ergo Projects, said redevelopment ushers in a new phase in the site’s long history.

He said: “As architectural technologist’s, you always want to work on challenging projects and for clients with ambition.

“Working with Camfero Homes,we have designed a highly creative development that both respects the site’s heritage and provides an outstanding vision of modern living.

“On the back of a growing client base and an impressive portfolio of work, we are going from strength-to-strength. The opportunity to work for high-profile individuals is always one that we would welcome as a creatively-driven design office.”

A number of new two, three and four-bedroomed properties have recently been completed on land to the rear of the school building, while plans for the former Victorian-era classrooms are being transformed into modern living accommodation.

The two five-bedroomed homes, which are expected to be finished in 2020, are being designed and project managed by Newcastle-based architectural technologists and design firm Ergo Projects.

The move is part of plans by the firm to transform the former school after its closure in 2010.

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