• NCC & HCA visit to Gentoo's Cottier Grange

Homes and Communitites Ageny CEO visits Gentoo

Homes and Communities Agency and Northumberland County Council help mark beginning of work on historic development in Prudhoe.

We welcomed the leader of Northumberland County Council, Cllr Grant Davey, and Homes and Communities Agency Chief Executive, Mark Hodgkinson, to the historic hospital site in Prudhoe as they helped mark the start of demolition work on the much-anticipated flagship housing development, Cottier Grange.

Gentoo is transforming the disused site, which was purchased from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) earlier this year, into what will be one of the most picturesque housing developments in the North East, investing a total of £79m into the site.

The new development, which is to be named Cottier Grange after Scottish artist and designer, Daniel Cottier, who designed the feature stained glass window in Grade II listed Prudhoe Hall, sits amongst trees and woodland overlooking Newcastle and Gateshead.

Gentoo is bringing 404 homes new homes to the area with homes ranging from two to six bed, including 121 affordable homes for discount sale and affordable rent.

The new site will provide much needed new homes for the area and Gentoo has worked closely with Northumberland County Council to ensure the development helps to meet local requirements in the Tyne Valley.
As part of its investment in the site, Gentoo will refurbish the Grade II listed buildings, Prudhoe Hall and stables, which sit at the heart of the site, into thirteen exclusive executive apartments. Also within the conservation plan for the site, the Grade II listed Victorian Walled Garden will be refurbished, helping to preserve the key historic elements of the site for future generations.

John Craggs, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo, said:
“This is a hugely important development for Gentoo, our partners and the local community. We have worked hard to ensure the plans for the site will meet local needs and will transform it for the people of Prudhoe, providing some outstanding amenity space for many years to come. I’m extremely excited to see work progress on what will be a beautiful development.”

HCA Chief Executive Mark Hodgkinson was joined by Executive Director for the North East, Yorkshire & Humber, Naz Parkar, who commented:
“It’s great news that the HCA is protecting the heritage of this building whilst at the same time providing new houses that will help more local people to access a home of their own.”

Northumberland County Council leader, Grant Davey, added:
“The Cottier Grange development will offer a welcomed boost to both housing and employment in the West of Northumberland and will be a big benefit to the local economy. Gentoo have sympathetically designed the properties to maintain the traditional charm of Prudhoe Hall and Stables while also providing new homes for modern families and I look forward to seeing the site progress and take shape.”

Construction work on the site is expected to support 140 full time construction jobs and a further 215 full time jobs in the supply chain.

Once completed and fully occupied, it is expected the development will have a significant economic impact on the local area, with an estimated £2.24 million of net additional expenditure per year in shops and on services within the local area as a result.