Entry type: Project

Number/street name: Land South of Union Street, Gresham

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City: Middlesbrough

Postcode: TS1 5PQ

Architect: IDPartnership Northern

Architect contact number: 01912614442

Developer: Thirteen Group.

Contractor: Gus Robinson Developments

Planning Authority: Middlesbrough Council

Planning Reference: 20/0289/FUL

Date of Completion: 03/2024

Schedule of Accommodation: 8 x 2 bed bungalows; 2 x 3 bed bungalow; 35 x 2 bed houses, 56 x 3 bed houses, 8 x four bed houses; 36 x 2 bed apartments.

Tenure Mix: 100% Social Rent

Total number of homes: 145

Site size (hectares): 3.1

Net Density (homes per hectare): 53

Size of principal unit (sq m): 95

Smallest Unit (sq m): 61

Largest unit (sq m): 122

No of parking spaces: 210 spaces (144%)

Planning History:
Planning was granted in October 2020.

Description of the design:
The proposal looks to provide transformational change to a redundant area of Middlesbrough town centre, changing its current perceptions and reputation into a safe and thriving community for all. The development area was formerly terraced housing which was demolished over ten years ago and was never redeveloped until now. Robust contemporary architecture helps integrate the development into its urban location, sitting around semi-private communal gardens in the centre of the housing blocks. These green spaces will be provided for the new community to share, informal play and seating will give opportunities for neighbours to interact with each other. A public landscaped space is also situated at the centre of the development. Gresham aspires to attract people of all ages due to the wide range of tenures on the site. The key principles which have guided this proposal are: Integrate the development into the wider neighbourhood and context, strengthening pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre, enabling the best conditions for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. High quality landscape spaces to promote interaction between the community. Private back gardens are designed to a minimum with low rear boundaries to encourage use of these spaces. Strong but subtle gateways into the site, increasing passive surveillance increasing security and minimising potential for anti-social behaviour. Units are carefully designed to respond to vistas and where frontages turn corners, double aspect corner-turner units are placed to create a more pleasant streetscape and maximise the passive surveillance of the street.

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  • Courtyard House
  • Back to Backs
  • Multi-Aspect Apartments
  • Mews
  • Detached
  • Semi-detached
  • Terrace


  • High density


  • Affordable
  • Shared Ownership


  • Infill
  • Urban Regeneration


  • Brickwork
  • Contemporary Design


Outdoor areas

  • Private Terraces
  • Outside Terrace
  • Biodiversity
  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Healthy Streets
  • Landscape
  • Communal Spaces
  • Play Spaces
  • POS
  • Public open space


  • Community



Yes /No

Further Details

Building for a Healthy Life


Building with Nature


Home Quality Mark


Up Front Carbon Assessment


Circular Economy Assessment Plan


Community Impact (Social Value)


Well/BREEAM (for mixed-use schemes)


Post Occupancy Evaluation


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