The Plateau is the first phase of the Smith’s Dock development and second completed project using shedkm’s mmc Town Houses. The natural topography of the Plateau site provided the opportunity for shedkm to create a strip of residential properties that follow the curved embankment in the form of a crescent, creating elevated views over the River Tyne.
A central landscaped orchard sits within two different house types, our three-storey Town Houses on the crescent and another two-storey house type by TDO Architecture. The orientation of the buildings provides a route between the pedestrian connections from the dock below and the streets leading to the town centre. The site layout is designed to ensure all homes have a view out to the generous central green space, communal orchard and wildflower meadow, which forms part of the sustainable drainage strategy for the Plateau site.
An enclosed communal resident’s garden is provided to the east of the crescent, consisting of a central circular lawn defined by a simple self-binding gravel path and planting. The garden is designed as a space for neighbours to socialise and relax, whilst enjoying the views of the River Tyne and estuary beyond.