The Water Hub launched a series of exciting challenges at our annual networking event RIPPLE. We are calling on our network of innovators to propose solutions to The Tyne Estuary Steering Group / Environment Agency (EA) to address their challenge of “Design of our Tyne”. To see Rob Carr’s presentation from RIPPLE, download his presentation here.  The Tyne Estuary Steering group has a vision for transforming the Newcastle Quayside into a green hub connecting communities and businesses with nature. As part of this vision, the EA are seeking inspiration to visualise what this green space could look like. They have initial drawings, but they need bringing to life! They are asking for ideas for how you would approach this, and will offer £2000 for the best 3D visualisation submitted. If you have a solution, please download an Application Form here and send to [email protected] before 10 May 2019 at 17:00.

The Challenge Holder 
The Tyne Estuary Steering Group is led by Groundwork NE and Cumbria and is made up of stakeholders including Local Authorities, Rivers and wildlife Trusts, NE1 the Business Improvement District company, Newcastle and Gateshead Initiative, The Environment Agency, Natural England and Northumbrian Water.  Read more about the TEP here. The Environment Agency is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), with responsibilities relating to the protection and enhancement of the environment to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development and one of The Water Hub’s strategic partners. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency

The Challenge
The Tyne Estuary Steering Group are looking for ideas on how to address their challenge of transforming the Newcastle Quayside into a green hub.  NE1’s business proposal for 2019-2024  says, “Newcastle’s Quayside and its bridges deliver iconic views that are instantly recognisable… but there is a strong desire for more to be made of this asset, including the river itself”. NE1 has taken inspiration from Copenhagen, Melbourne and New York’s ‘High Line’, in demonstrating the commercial gains of this approach and viewing this area as a 1km linear park. They hope to redevelop the Quayside to increase footfall, encourage additional businesses to invest and finally, create a more appealing physical environment that encourages diverse uses, utilising both the quay and the river. Over the next five years, NE1 will make “greening” an essential element of their projects, looking at permanent and temporary landscape interventions and multi-dimensional projects which explore how buildings, their walls and rooftops can add to the city’s biodiversity.
Building on this vision, the Tyne Estuary Partnership would like to:

1. Seek inspiration on what this green space could look like
2. Connect communities with business and nature
3. Bring to life existing drawings with a 3D visualisation*

*this is left open to interpretation and can involve which ever 3D media you choose to best represent your vision.

An award of £2000 will be made to the winning solution, which best meets each of the three criteria above. This is a competitive process. Your application will be judged solely on the information you provide in the application form and any associated attachments (which can include 3D illustrations, photographs, links to videos, immersive technologies, and/or other creative ideas which support your application).

The Water Hub will provide all applications to Rob Carr at Environment Agency after the deadline. The Tyne Estuary Partnership/ EA will be responsible for reviewing applications and providing feedback to the applicants in a timely manner.

• 21 March 2019 – Launch of challenge and call for applications
• 10 May 2019 – Deadline for applications to The Water Hub.
• 13 May – The Water Hub will collate all applications and send to The TEP / EA.
• 14 May – 3 June – The TEP/ EA will review all applications.
• 7 June – The TEP / EA will provide feedback to The Water Hub on which applicant(s) has/have been successful in the review.
• 14 June – The Water Hub will pass on this feedback to the applicants.
• 30 June – The TEP/ EA will award funding to successful applicant(s) by end of June.

For more information, get in touch at [email protected]

*Please note that data submitted in the supporting application form will be reviewed by The Water Hub, and will be handled and stored in accordance with GDPR guidelines. The applicant can withdraw their application and/or ask for their information to be updated or removed at any point.