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5th March 2010

In this newsletter:

Renaissance issue six: out now

Mitsubishi wind centre jobs boost for Tyneside

Hear the new Renaissance podcast

Eldon Square could be catalyst

Contentious discussion kicks off new blog

North East councils get £8 million housing boost

Ouseburn Explorer initiative award nomination



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Your Homes Newcastle


Yuill Homes


Renaissance issue six: out now

Issue six

The sixth instalment of Renaissance, NewcastleGateshead's regeneration and investment magazine, is published and ready to be launched at the international property event MIPIM in Cannes, France, which runs from 16-19 March.

Included in issue six is all the latest news from the regeneration of one of the country’s most exciting urban centres.

The magazine also features an examination of the role played by city development company 1NG, a look at how Science City status is changing the region, and an in-depth look at the enviable quality of life available in the North East.
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Mitsubishi wind centre jobs boost for Tyneside

Hundreds of jobs could be coming to the North East with the creation of a £100 million wind turbine research centre. (Sourced from the Journal.)
 
Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government to invest the cash in research and development into green energy.
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Hear the new Renaissance podcast

Renaissance Magazine has launched a series of podcasts, featuring interviews with the people shaping the city's redevelopment.
 
The first in the series features Neil Osborne, director at surveyor Storeys SSP. He describes what he sees as NewcastleGateshead's greatest opportunities, as the city embarks on the next phase of its regeneration.
Listen to the podcast here



Eldon Square could be catalyst

Eldon Square

The new Eldon Square shopping mall could be the catalyst Newcastle needs to shake off the troubles of the recession, according to city leaders. (Sourced from the Journal.)
 
Following the opening of the mall's new St Andrew's Way, which boasts the North East's first Apple store and a flagship four-storey Debenhams, business chiefs believe further investment can be found to improve shopping in the city and boost visitor numbers.
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Contentious discussion kicks off new blog

Newcastle developer Adam Serfontein has opened a blog, linked to Renaissance Magazine, to share thoughts and discussion about development and regeneration in Newcastle.
 
Serfontein is managing director of Hanro, the company behind the proposed Strawberry Place scheme and the successful Cooper's Studios development.
 
Serfontein's opening blog asks: "Has the planning process improved in NewcastleGateshead?". He states: "If we are to stand a chance of attracting inward investment, which is the only real way to grow our city meaningfully, we must have buildings of scale and quality. We must demonstrate that these may be delivered with the public sector being part of the team and not an opposing force."
 
Newcastle City Council has been quick to respond, with director of environment and regeneration David Slater commenting: "We want developers to get a good quality service, from pre-application to post-development, adoption and maintenance where this is appropriate. We believe we are further on with this than Adam suggests, but let’s see what others have to say…"
Read and comment on the blog here



North East councils get £8 million housing boost

The region has been given an £8 million housing boost, with councils across the North East set to receive a share of the cash, announced by housing minister John Healey. (Sourced from the Chronicle.)
 
It will be used to build nearly 180 affordable houses as part of a national £500 million programme of spending.
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Ouseburn Explorer initiative award nomination

Newcastle's Ouseburn Explorer initiative has been nominated in the education and learning category at the 2010 Waterways Renaissance Awards.

Taking place in Salford on 17 March, the awards are designed to celebrate best practice in sustainable waterway regeneration throughout the UK.
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