• 28 November 2019
  • News, Communities,

Gateshead-based contractor Tolent unveiled its new community hoardings this week alongside students from nearby Newcastle Preparatory School in Jesmond.

As works progress on the £12m Eskdale Terrace scheme to create 63 apartments for retirement living specialists PegasusLife, the contractor had been working closely with the local school to inspire students about working in construction.

The challenge to all students, from early years to year six, was to create a piece of artwork inspired by the built environment they see around them.

From paintings of diggers, castles, churches and some unique housing designs, more than 260 pieces of artwork were submitted.

Regional director for Tolent, David Thompson, said: “We were blown away with the efforts and skill of all the children and would like to extend that thanks to the brilliant teachers who have helped in bringing this project to life. 

“We know that construction work can be disruptive but we’re working to change the perception of our industry and being a considerate contractor with local initiatives likes this, is one way we’re trying to enrich the communities we work in.”

Lianne Bell, art teacher at Newcastle Preparatory School, said: “Here at NPS we’ve had a fantastic time working with Tolent to add some design to the hoardings behind our school.

“Altogether we have made over 260 individual works of art, as well as a giant model city, all based around the theme of construction. The children have been really inspired and enthused by this project and many would now like to become architects, engineers and interior designers when they grow up. We would like to thank Tolent for such a lovely and exciting opportunity for the children to exhibit their artwork to the public.”

Eskdale Terrace is a five storey building comprising of 63 apartments on the site of the former Newcastle High School for Girls.

Offering a wide range of unique, high-end accommodation to meet the needs of the over 60s market, the scheme will certainly contribute to the local prestige of the area.

Established in 2012, PegasusLife was created to rethink and reinvent the places and ways in which we live as we get older; providing accommodation for later years living.

Mike Gill, regional managing director of PegasusLife said: “It is great to see the children's artwork being displayed on the hoardings for the local community to see and enjoy. The children's talents are clear to see and we look forward to continuing the close working with the school both during construction and when the development is completed and owners have moved in."

David Thompson added: “We are really pleased to have secured this flagship development with PegasusLife. The project builds upon our existing portfolio of projects in both the residential and supported living sectors.”

Tolent is currently on site in Durham on the £84.5m Milburngate development and Hadrian’s Tower, soon to be Newcastle’s tallest tower. 

With a resumé including Sunderland’s award-winning Beacon of Light, the UK headquarters of Sage in Gosforth, and the stunning 1846 Roundhouse in Camden and many projects across the country, the business recently announced plans for a £190m Garden Village in Seaham.

The proposed plans include 1,500 homes, half of which will be affordable houses and half of the village will be managed green space, including extensive parkland, a football pitch, play areas and allotments linked by a network of more than 4.75km of landscapes paths and cycleways.