Sacriston, County Durham

2016 -
Cheviot Holdings Limited
Residential development

Cheviot Holdings Limited approached Squires Barnett in early 2016 with a desire to develop a mix of highly contemporary two to four bedroom family homes in Sacriston, County Durham. As a new developer, they were keen to be acknowledged as a leader in improving the quality of new-build housing in the north-east, their ambition to deliver commercially realistic housing of the highest architectural quality was at the heart of this scheme.

The design principle focuses on re-establishing a village setting within Sacriston. To achieve this, the design team worked to repair the unusual hierarchies set by the neighbouring 1960s and 1970s development, whilst also ensuring a step change in quality from the adjacent development seen in more recent years.

Our design focuses around creating a new Village Lane with smaller, tightly knit housing reminiscent of early mining villages. Movement across the site, away from the village, takes you down the tree-lined Avenue where the housing becomes larger, echoing country villas. Set amongst these areas are Agricultural Yards with the aesthetic of these spaces appearing far more barn like.

Whilst each of the characters areas within the proposals has a visual relationship with period housing the aesthetic is to be distinctly contemporary with the appropriate use of local materials. The use of varied materials allows for distinctive character areas within the development, drawing from suburban and rural precedents, whilst maintaining the local brick vernacular throughout the scheme.

Construction is expected to start in mid 2018. Please contact Cheviot Holdings directly for sales updates.