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Smokehouses, Smiths Dock

The development consists of 80 new waterfront apartments across 2No. buildings located on the River Tyne, forming the first part of a wider regeneration of the Smith’s Dock shipyard in North Shields in a joint venture between Places for People and Urban Splash.

The consented masterplan for Smith’s Dock divides the site into five distinct character areas; Plateau, Dockside, Terraces, Riverside and Slopes. This masterplan identifies as an opportunity for a ‘landmark building’ within the Dockside and this landmark building is known as Smokehouses.

A key element of the design was to maximise the views, with fully glazed river fronts incorporated within each building, as well as full height windows within each apartment, creating a building with significantly more glazing than standard residential developments.

Hulley & Kirkwood worked closely with the design team to establish a ‘fabric first’ principle to achieve the required SAP ratings without the need for ‘bolt on’ renewables.


  • Riverside homes that are spacious and light with views to the River Tyne and Bullring Dock. 

  • Part of the Smiths Dock masterplan. 

  • Landmark building.

Links to Social Media:

The Smokehouse, North Shields - YouTube

The Smokehouses, Smith's Dock - YouTube


  • 2019 Pineapple Awards Place in Progress - Winner.

  • 2020 British Homes Awards Apartment Development of the Year – Shortlisted.

  • 2020 Housebuilder Awards Best Design Four Storeys or more – Commendation.

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