Architects chosen for regeneration scheme

Arch's senior project manager Richard Schofield (left) with xsite's Tim Bailey, on site at Commissioner's Quay.
Arch's senior project manager Richard Schofield (left) with xsite's Tim Bailey, on site at Commissioner's Quay.
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Architects have been chosen to help lead the redevelopment of a vacant site in Blyth.

Development company Arch has appointed xsite architecture as lead design consultant on the transformation of the long-term vacant Commissioner’s Quay site.

The company will help develop a masterplan and designs for three phrases.

The first phase, Blyth Workspace, will form the centrepiece of the development, featuring 30,000sq ft of office space.

Tim Bailey, partner at xsite, said: “The site is a major opportunity for Blyth to revive its riverfront, attract substantial inward investment and create some diversity of residential tenure.

“We are very much looking forward to Phase One, Blyth Workspace, starting on site in the near future and bringing our design proposals to life.”

Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, said: “This is a flagship project for Arch and this first phase of the development will help to further support Blyth Estuary’s reputation as a centre of excellence in renewable energy and as a prime location for inward investors, particularly those within the offshore energy sector.

“We were impressed with the various proposals presented to us for this site, but xsite’s vision demonstrated both a deep understanding of the regeneration process and the flair required to significantly elevate this scheme so that the Blyth Estuary Enterprise Zone becomes the location of choice for renewable energy research in the north of England.”