Looking to the Future
Home is having room to breathe, and space to grow.
The design principles behind Smith’s Dock have helped us to create the kind of place where people love to live, and to call home.
Smith’s Dock is taking its place, as the heart of a new neighbourhood. This new coastal community will root itself in a wider, established place, a connected network and a stunning location. The kind of place where people love to live, and to call home., with a range of homes designed to suit every person, family and lifestyle.
Home is a chance to connect and a place to belong.
Great neighbourhoods aren’t built from bricks and mortar; they’re made of the people who live there. We want to make Smith’s Dock even better by learning from the best neighbourhoods around the world to design the kind of place that people like to live and love to be. That’s why this neighbourhood brings you plenty of green space, fresh air and access to the waterside.
Home is a castle to make your own
From growing your family to downsizing, Smith’s Dock offers a range of flexible homes to suit everyone’s needs.
Elevated above the former dockyard, this iconic new crescent of modern Town Houses is the definition of panoramic. These tall, roomy houses want to sea and be seen, with big windows and even bigger views.
New Dock Houses will circle the former dock basin. Inspired by the tall, jostling houses of pre-industrial ports, these quayside homes will also host independent shops, cafés and restaurants on the waterside promenade.
These homes take their inspiration from the Georgian and Victorian townhouses of Tynemouth, and the colourful terraces of British seaside towns. The Terraces flow down the slopes of the former dockyard, offering coastal views, private spaces and communal gardens.
Smokehouses will line the river’s edge, bringing you even closer to the Tyne. These waterside apartments take their inspiration from the simple smoke houses of the Fish Quay. They make the perfect home for those with seafaring souls.
Home is the life you lead both inside and outside
At Smith’s Dock, flexible homes meet flexible living whatever your lifestyle. We’re creating a real hub where all the things a community needs and loves are right on your doorstep. Served by local independent businesses, you’ll be able to enjoy the hustle and bustle of Smith’s Dock day and night. Whether it’s catching up over coffee or a place to run and play. That’s because we believe home is as much about what’s outside your front door as what’s inside.
At the heart of this new, riverside neighbourhood are three dock basins. Here you’ll find spaces to work, places to shop and thoughtfully designed public areas to enjoy. What’s more, the transformation of Smith’s Dock will open up new connections between the Fish Quay and Royal Quays, and from the town centre down to the waterfront, meaning even more choice is just a stroll away.
Home is having room to breathe and space to grow
But it’s not just about private gardens, sea views and waterfront cafés. It’s about the shared values and principles that underpin a neighbourhood.
That’s how real communities grow. Our guiding principles for Smith’s Dock are: Play, Community, Wellbeing, Sustainability, Flexibility. These principles are the foundations for everything we do. They help us to design places that people like to live and love to be.
This means: flexible homes that work around your lifestyle, communities that flourish through a balance of personal and shared spaces, outdoor living, safe places to play and plenty of waterside activities to boost wellbeing. All nestled within a sustainable, green, friendly development.
Three-quarters of our children spend less time outside than prison inmates. We want to change that. That’s why we’re creating a safe haven for adventure, whether that’s playing on the doorstep or in the shared private gardens. In fact, we think everyone should have the chance to play outside. Whether you’re 6 or 60, you should be able to get out and enjoy life.
Communities matter. They’re built on strong design that creates privacy and neighbourliness in equal measure - spaces that are ours and spaces we share with others. And communities aren’t just about people - we also want to feel proud of where we live. We want buildings with character, green space, a great local bakery and moonlit views of ships passing in the night.
We think living well should be easy, with plenty of outdoor space and plenty of reasons to use it. That means fewer car rides to the gym and more walks on the beach. It means activities on your doorstep that make the most of the sea air, the shared gardens, the dockside and the coastal links. Good neighbourhood design should help you make your life simpler, creating opportunities to do more of what you like and less of what you don’t.
We can all agree there’s no downside to sustainable living. From low-carbon houses to fewer cars on the road, it all adds up to using less and saving more, whether that’s your bank balance or the planet. We also think greenery is good, which is why we’re thinking beyond green space to green streets, vertical gardens and planted roofs.
‘Home’ isn’t one-size-fits-all. Whether you are a big family, a home-worker, a first-timer or a downsizer, a mix of housing types means a choice of how to live. Which all makes for a stronger community. We also want flexible homes that can adapt to our needs, so we can stay longer in our neighbourhood. By thinking ahead, good design can offer what you need now and adaptability for the future.
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