Hexham Exhibition 06 09 13Many thanks to those of you who were able to attend the excellent presentation by MA Urban Design Tutor Georgia Giannopoulou on Friday afternoon. With over thirty people attending the Scott’s Cafe was comfortably full and a lively discussion followed Georgia’s talk. Debate ranged across the issues of developing brownfield land and the historic interest of the 1830’s workhouse, to the intricacies of Co-Housing, a cooperative housing model which was part of the student’s design brief for the site. The exhibition will run until this Wednesday 11th so if you wish to see it do so soon!  Georgia’s powerpoint presentation (3mb) can be viewed here: Workhouse Presentation at Hexham 06 09 13.

HCS will continue to engage with site owners the Helen McCardle Care Trust and with Northumberland County Council to both protect the  historic workhouse buildings, and to encourage an imaginative scheme which will bring the buildings back into use. At around 4ha, the site could accommodate over 100 houses – largely displacing the need for the present ‘green field/green belt’ applications which are yet to be determined by NCC at the east end of Hexham.  Hexham Exhibition 06 09 13 (2)

Newcastle University has stated that they would love to run the same project next year. If the site remains undeveloped, we hope that NCC and HMCT can be actively brought into the project for the benefit of all.  Many thanks to Georgia, her students and her colleagues/fellow tutors for bringing this project about.