Seymour Court, South Shields

Historic setting for new residential development in South Shields

Seymour Court is a newbuild development comprising of 49 retirement living apartments designed by Box Architects.

The site was formerly home to the South Shields Laundry Co. which was established in 1899. It soon expanded with Harton Dye Works operating on site from 1903 to 1970. Latterly it housed a factory, known locally as the Harton Centre that was demolished in 2017 to allow redevelopment of the site.

When designing the floor plans and siting of the new building Box Architects took inspiration from the existing streetscape and building lines. Brickwork walls and pitched roofs are in keeping with the local vernacular whilst the palette of external materials was carefully chosen to correspond with surrounding residential properties.

Box Architects took into consideration the construction method and apartment configuration right from the design stage to ensure that the development could be delivered in the client’s 52-week build programme.

The scheme comprises of 33 one-bedroom apartments and 16 two-bedroom apartments with glazed balconies overlooking landscaped gardens. At the heart of the development is a homeowner’s lounge that both residents and visitors can use.

The development is located within a quiet residential area, near to the town’s amenities and only two miles from the coast. There are 33 onsite car parking spaces and a bus route on the adjoining road.

Ken Earl, Director at Box Architect, says: “We are delighted to be working alongside the McCarthy & Stone team once again with site manager, Neil Lister. We liaised closely with South Tyneside Council to ensure Seymour Court both captured its historic past and met the needs of residents – now and in the future.”

The residential development is due to be completed in November 2018.