Being located in the Ouseburn Valley, an area with so much creative enterprise, has been both a huge help and inspiration to us over the past couple of years. Working alongside and collaborating with so many talented people and exciting businesses means it’s always an interesting place to be.
However, it’s only in the relatively recent past that the Ouseburn has become such a diverse, thriving place. As recently as 20 years ago the Valley was in a state of disuse and dereliction due to the loss of much of the heavy industry in the area.
Today the Ouseburn Valley is the centre of Newcastle’s creative industry, but it is also known for it’s diverse night-life, music and cultural scenes. These form the basis of an initiative we’re currently involved in, alongside our good friends and fellow Ouseburn residents, Roots & Wings.
With so many great restaurants, bars, events, live music venues, art galleries, historical sites and family activities, the choice available for things to see and do in the Ouseburn Valley is huge and constantly evolving. Our aim is to bring all of this together into one comprehensive, accessible online directory.
The project is being funded by Igloo, who are investors in UK-wide sustainable property and urban regeneration schemes. They are currently developing an area of the Ouseburn Valley that will be known as The Malings.
Keen for the directory to be as useful to local residents as it is to visitors to the area, we’re working with Commonplace to facilitate engagement with the local community, helping to shape and improve the neighbourhood.
Commonplace will give residents a voice and offer the ability to say how they feel about specific areas of the Ouseburn Valley using an interactive map. They will be able to report concerns, provide feedback on planning issues and view and like comments from other residents.
This in turn will provide accurate, real-time data that will help support planning and identify the needs of the neighbourhood.