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Durham Road Eco-homes

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Nine energy-efficient houses have been built on the site of a former petrol station on Durham Road, Saltwell – improving the area's housing offer and its carbon footprint.

Durham Road design group
Abi, Kate and Lowri visit the showroom to see how their ideas have become a reality

Choosing a developer

Local people helped to choose developer, New Forest Construction, to build the homes.

Members of the Gateshead Urban Design Reference Group used their urban design training and knowledge of the local area to make sure the final plans for the site would really benefit the neighbourhood.

Eco-friendly living

The homes are some of the most sustainable in the North East. They have been built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 - the highest standard of sustainable living in Gateshead to date.

The nine houses come with lots of energy-efficient features, including:

• Highly insulated timber framework
• Solar power
• Underfloor heating
• Argon-filled double glazing
• Water-saving taps
• Charging points for electric cars

The homes won a commendation in the 2011 Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) Regional Awards for their contribution to the regeneration of the Bensham and Saltwell neighbourhood and eco-friendly features.
Durham Road Eco-homes are the first new homes to be built as part of the Bensham and Saltwell Neighbourhood Action Plan. Click here to learn more about regeneration plans for this area.