Grainger Town and Grey Street

Newcastle, UK

The Grainger Town project was established in 1997 to support the comprehensive regeneration of the historic town centre; specifically the preservation of the Tyneside classic architecture and its streets and public spaces.

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Grainger Town is a jewel in Newcastle’s crown, with its classical architecture designed by the renowned architect Richard Grainger. Around 40% of its buildings are listed as being of historical and architectural importance.

Gillespies’ initial appointment was to prepare a strategy to address the streets and public spaces, as a key component in delivering regeneration to this once prosperous area of the city. The strategy addressed the design of key streets such as Grey Street and Grainger Street as well as Bath Lane and Monument. A number of other crucial matters were considered including: how to maximise the contribution of the city’s heritage and how to prioritise pedestrian spaces and manage the use of traffic in these spaces.

Following the successful adoption of its strategy, Gillespies was retained as a design advisor for the design and implementation phase of this key regeneration and heritage project.


  • 2009 Academy of Urbanism Awards for the Great Street - Grey Street, Newcastle
  • 2007 Academy of Urbanism Awards: Great Street
  • 2007 Academy of Urbanism Awards: Great Neighbourhood