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Ouseburn Quays

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Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock PLC

Brick Names: Birtley Olde English Grey, Birtley Northern Buff, Commercial Red, Glazed Copper

Architect: Xsite Architecture

Brickwork Contractor: Build Solutions

About the project

Nestled within the historic Lower Ouseburn Valley Conservation Area, the Ouseburn Quays development stands as a testament to sustainable urban regeneration whilst honouring the area’s rich industrial legacy. Spearheaded by McIver Homes and brought to life by a collaborative effort from xsite architecture, s h e d engineers, and ONE Environments, this development breathes new life into a former timber yard. Ibstock, renowned for its quality bricks, played a pivotal role in realising the vision for this project.

The Ouseburn Quays development transforms a 0.26ha site into a vibrant community hub, featuring 51 apartments, two small business units, and a picturesque landscape courtyard. Situated amidst complex topography, the design maximises views and fosters connectivity, creating an inviting environment that seamlessly integrates with its surroundings.

In the pursuit of architectural excellence and contextual harmony, Ibstock bricks emerged as the natural choice for the Ouseburn Quays development. Drawing inspiration from the rich industrial heritage of the area, the design team meticulously curated a material palette that resonates with the character of the area.

The use of Ibstock bricks anchors the development within its historical context, paying homage to the industrial roots of the Ouseburn Valley. With a range of waterstruck distressed-faced bricks, the buildings exude a timeless charm, blending effortlessly with the surrounding urban fabric. The subtle variations in colour and texture add depth and visual interest, while accent materials such as glazed brick panels and timber detailing infuse warmth and character into the architecture.

Beyond aesthetics, Ibstock bricks contribute to the vitality of street life, animating the ground floor with a series of small business units. This deliberate integration fosters a sense of place, inviting residents and visitors alike to engage with the vibrant urban environment. Moreover, the thoughtful selection of brick detailing, including corbelling and soldier courses, adds architectural sophistication, elevating the skyline of the Ouseburn Valley.

As advocates for sustainable construction, Ibstock’s commitment to environmental stewardship aligns seamlessly with the ethos of the Ouseburn Quays development. Manufactured with precision and care, Ibstock bricks not only offer durability and longevity but also embody a sustainable choice for contemporary urban development.

Ibstock’s collaboration with the Ouseburn Quays development exemplifies the transformative power of quality craftsmanship and innovative design. By leveraging the inherent beauty and versatility of Ibstock bricks, the development is a great example of urban renewal, celebrating the unique heritage and spirit of the Ouseburn Valley.