Architecture & Urbanism

The Green Hartlepool

Hartlepool Borough Council owned 170 empty properties after the government’s housing market renewal initiative ceased.

MCAU have helped to transform the area utilising the the inherent flexibility of the traditional Victorian terrace and delivering an attractive combination of new family homes.

We released the latent value that actually existed in the heritage of the properties and rekindled a former sense of community.

This project was awarded the Best UK Housing Project in 2019 and is a testament to how a long-term build-to-rent investment model can unlock such a challenging regeneration project.

The Green provides the new focus of the development was delivered  by the selected demolition of some of the terraces to allow the creation of a large landscaped garden square in the heart of the development. This provided much needed community space whilst also creating an identifiable link with other fine examples of public green space that exist throughout the town.

Through a complex process of refurbishment and lateral conversions, to provide internal layouts more in line with modern requirements we delivered a mix of 2 to 4 bedroomed houses each with rear gardens for the first time.