Smith's Dock, our major joint venture regeneration project with Urban Splash in North Tyneside, has officially launched with a maritime-themed event in North Shields.

Local dignitaries and residents gathered on the Shields Ferry to observe the historic dockyard site from the water, before viewing an inspiring short film about Smith's Dock. The film details the history and exciting plans for the site, fittingly narrated by North East actress Jill Halfpenny.

In total, 815 new homes and a number of public realm spaces are planned along the waterfront at Smith's Dock. The first 34 hoUSes - a unique modular housing concept designed by Urban Splash - will go on sale later this year.

Mary Parsons, Group Director for Places for People said,

"The maritime history of Smith's Dock was and still is our original inspiration, so what better way to launch than on the River Tyne.

"The historical site dates back to 1851 and we've worked hard with groups and organisations in the local area to incorporate that heritage into our plans; we share in that local pride and hopefully our celebration of it is conveyed in the film."

The launch comes soon after Places for People was named Residential Company of the Year at the Estates Gazette Awards. The judges commended our placemaking approach, which was described as a blueprint for how housing providers could help solve the UK's housing crisis.

Places for People also won five Planning & Placemaking awards this year, including three for its development of Park Hill, Sheffield, in partnership with Urban Splash.

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