This website is intended to act as a portal for the full range of subjects, groups, issues and websites in the Ouseburn.
The initial website content is co-ordinated by the City Council's Byker Ouseburn Regeneration Team and hosted by Project North East (PNE - a Newcastle-based enterprise agency with an expanding role in the Valley.
It is anticipated that a small editorial group representing all Ouseburn interests will take charge of managing and updating the website as soon as possible.
The place we call Ouseburn covers an area of around 100 hectares. Locally, the name is most often associated with the small area on Lime Street around the Cluny and Ouseburn Farm, or the immediate banks of the river itself, but the Regeneration Area extends much further, including the part of Shieldfield around the Biscuit Factory, Stepney Bank and St Ann’s Estate, City Stadium, part of Shields Road West Industrial Area, the Dunn Terrace part of Byker Estate, Hoults Yard, Spillers Mill and Quay and of course the Ouseburn mouth area.
After being at the forefront of the Industrial Revolution on Tyneside, the Valley became a derelict backwater in the mid 20th century, until the beginnings of regeneration in the 1980’s. Since the new millennium, the pace of change has quickened. The area still attracts old regulars to its quirky pubs and music venues, and it is home to the Newcastle Motor Boat Club and the Ouseburn Valley Homing Society, as well as some long established businesses. Ouseburn Farm (formerly Byker City Farm) and Stepney Bank Stables have been given new leases of life through investment in their facilities, and they have been joined by nearly 150 artists’ studios, visitor attractions such as the nationally recognised Seven Stories and The Biscuit Factory, new creative business space, conversions of historic buildings at Woods Pottery and Hoults Yard, hotel and restaurant facilities and modern apartments at Lime Square and Ouseburn Wharf.
Regeneration in the area is guided by the Lower Ouseburn Regeneration Strategy, first published in 2003 and currently being updated. It proposes an urban village where people can live, work and play. This website builds on those key themes and we hope it will provide information for all those people or organisations wanting to know about or become part of the regeneration of our area:
Enjoy – information on all the things that you can see and do in the Ouseburn.
Learn – education opportunities for both children and adults.
Live – who lives here now and the plans for new residential developments.
Work – how Ouseburn has become a home for lots of new cultural and creative businesses as well as the long established originals. Also lists space for rent, to buy or available for conversion.
Regeneration – the history of the area and the regeneration process. Also includes information for developers and those who want to invest in the Valley.
The Wider Area – where the area sits within
Community – how you can get involved.
News – the latest information on developments, activities and events.