Grand Designs Scheme Greenlit in North Shields

A landmark project designed by Blake Hopkinson Architects is set to transform the North Shields Fish Quay following approval by North Tyneside Council.

The plans to demolish an industrial unit on Hudson Street in North Shields and construct a contemporary new private home and commercial studio space were submitted in June of this year by the design team at Blake Hopkinson Architects.  The scheme has now been greenlit by North Tyneside Council with construction set to begin in early 2020.

The scheme is the brainchild of Kate and James Rose with a view to creating a private new family home with additional commercial and retail space for their jewellery and lifestyle business, Tutti & Co.  Part private home and part design studio, the project has attracted the attention of the team at Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme who are expected to follow the project from construction through to completion.

Darren Blake, partner at Blake Hopkinson Architects comments: “This is our second collaboration with the Rose family as we bring their inspirational vision for a new family home to life.  Set to be constructed in a unique setting above the North Shields Fish Quay, this is a scheme that will offer high-specification design balanced with contemporary external and internal materials to transform a former industrial unit into one of the Borough’s premier residential properties.

“Kate and James take inspiration from across the world to create bespoke architectural projects and their new home is certainly no different.  With a rooftop terrace set to boast some of the best views on the North East coast, we are delighted to be involved in this ambitious scheme.”

The innovative plans for the residential side of the property have been designed to bring together the best in architectural and interior design. With previous experience in residential self-build, the family have balanced their love of contemporary design with a more modern take on rustic Mediterranean influences to set out a unique vision for their home.

Kate Rose comments: “My family and I are delighted that we have been granted planning approval to bring this ambitious project into the next phase of development.  The scheme is as much about creating our perfect family home as it is about developing a new base for our growing business and keeping Tutti & Co. in North Shields was a key driver in our plans.”

The project has its roots in a holiday Kate and James took to Ibiza in the summer of 2018.  Having successfully completed a design and build to create their former home in Holywell with frequent collaborators Blake Hopkinson Architects, the duo were inspired by the Balearic simplicity of the Destino Hotel in which they stayed.  They instantly started drawing up plans to create what is set to be a truly unique addition to the North Shields Fish Quay.

Kate continues: “Our modern interpretation of Ibizan luxury will hopefully be documented by the Grand Designs team once we begin construction in early 2020.  We are eager to get started in creating the family home we have dreamed of in a location we take so much inspiration from in our day to day life.  The North Shields Fish Quay is a vibrant and exciting place to work and we are looking forward to making it our permanent home.”