Strawberry Place is a prestigious Newcastle city centre mixed-use development in a prominent location next to St James Park football ground at the head of St James Boulevard. One Environments developed the public realm with our client Faulknerbrowns, with planning advice from Lambert Smith Hampton on behalf of Marrico Asset Management.
This site is one of the key gateways into the city and forms a link from the city centre to the Science Central site. The £60m scheme, granted full planning consent in 2018, includes office space, ground floor retail, residential accommodation and high quality public realm will see the land above St James’ Metro station between Strawberry Place and Gallowgate transformed into a thriving city block.
At the heart of the design is a substantial public realm scheme providing a high quality accessible environment for people to explore spacious plazas, gardens and enjoy the mix of retail amenities. The varied character and scale of the new spaces has largely been informed by the anticipated footfall through the site on match days, surrounding built context and microclimate. An important element of the design was working in consultation with Lady Elsie Robson and the Bobby Robson Foundation to sensitively incorporate the existing Sir Bobby Robson memorial into the proposals.
Strawberry Place and the adjacent Strawberry Inn are thought to have taken their names from the mid-1700s when the nuns at St Bartholomew’s tended strawberry gardens in the area. Despite being threatened with excommunication, the nuns sold strawberry wine to keep the nunnery going, which they did until 1840. Subtle references to this heritage are woven into the space – with strawberry plants in the green wall and strawberry trees within the planting.
green infrastructure strategy
illustrative landscape plan
integrated water management strategy
facts & figures
client: faulknerbrowns on behalf of mash
c&s engineer: wsp
planning consultant: lambert smith hampton