Ouseburn Parks, Newcastle

Faithful+Gould was appointed to provide quantity surveying services on this £6.1m project providing cost advice to Newcastle City Council for the Stage 1 and 2 Heritage Lottery Fund Bids. Following the successful funding award, Faithful+Gould’s role was extended to incorporate the implementation of works on site.

Parts of the parks are English Heritage (Grade II) registered and within a valuable conservation area, including three scheduled monuments and 18 listed buildings. The overall scheme spanned a two mile radius and incorporated five parks linked within the Ouseburn Valley. This project is unique not only due to its immense size, but its large number and variety of historic and leisure characteristics. The sensitive introduction of more contemporary features such as the footbridge, boardwalk and new visitor centre had to be carefully considered to ensure these blended with the original landscape.

Great emphasis was given to maximise the interpretation of the park historically and to provide an excellent educational and leisure experience to cater for all generations. Previously, the park was overgrown leaving historic features overlooked; these features have now been given space to breathe and are central to new layouts within the refreshed parkland setting. The project has resulted in increased numbers of visitors, volunteers and school groups and its success has been demonstrated over the years with a number of prestigious awards including:

  • 2011 RICS Renaissance Awards in Regeneration - Highly Commended
  • 2011 RICS Renaissance Awards in Tourism & Leisure - Winner
  • 2011 RIBA Award - Millfield House Visitors Centre
  • 2011 RIBA Northern Network Awards - Gold Award
  • 2011 Lord Mayor’s Design Awards for small scale development and landscape
  • 2012 National Landscape Institute Award in Heritage and Conservation - Highly Commended

Following the schemes achievements, Faithful+Gould has recently been appointed by Newcastle City Council under the GPS Framework, to deliver multi-disciplinary services in Exhibition Park, a £3.2m HLF Parks for People restoration project.