Ouseburn Trust: Blending the social with the commercial

Celebrating its 20th birthday in 2016, the Ouseburn Trust has turned a derelict area of Newcastle into the biggest creative cluster in the north-east and become a case study example of how to embed social value through regeneration, as chief officer Chris Barnard explains. Once the cradle of the industrial revolution on Tyneside, containing glassworks, flour mills and the world famous Maling pottery, the Ouseburn Valley is located just one mile from Newcastle city centre. By the early 20th century its industries were in decline and over the following decades workers’ housing was demolished. By the 1980s, historic buildings that had survived were surrounded by pockets of dereliction, and few residents remained. Early regeneration began with the Byker City Farm and the purchase of a former flax mill at 36 Lime Street as artists’ studios, and its occupation by Bruvvers Theatre Company, setting the tone for a strong creative sector … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Chris Barnard is chief officer of the Ouseburn Trust

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