Hawks Mill is mixed-use residential development with an estimated gross development value of £44m. If approved, it will be built next to The Sage and the Millennium Bridge, overlooking the Newcastle waterfront.
Primesite Developments acquired the site, formerly a wine warehouse and disused office space, in May 2017. It has now submitted a new planning application to the council to expand on the existing approved plans, almost doubling the proposed size of the development from 80,000 to more 142,000 square feet by adding residential units to the original student accommodation scheme.
There is currently planning permission for a purpose-built student accommodation block containing 326 beds. Primesite Developments has submitted subsequent plans for a mixed-use residential development comprising 530 beds, under a suis generis application that would allow the site to accommodate both university students and private residents. The additional units will be provided through the incorporation of an adjoining warehouse to the rear of the building. Plans show a mixture of studio, one, two and three bed apartments, totalling 386 units.
The aspiration is to start construction in January 2018, with an expected completion date of August 2019.
Primesite Developments director Bobbie Johnson said: “The aim with Hawks Mill is to create not just accommodation, but an entire community, and a development from which you can run your whole lifestyle. We feel that the new planning application really reflects this, featuring lots of communal facilities. The transition to a mixed-use residential tower will welcome key workers and young professionals as well as students, acting as a microcosm of wider society. We feel confident that Hawks Mill will add to the vibrancy and dynamism of Gateshead, as well as offering one of the best views of the quayside.”