The Malings is a ‘modest-looking’ housing development built by Igloo next to the Ouseburn to a design by the architects Cany Ash and Robert Sakula. The design distributes the houses in five fingers, four of which have been built. Most are three to five storeys high and run up a slope from the riverside. There are small back gardens and a number of eco-friendly features including a rain garden at the bottom of the slope. Each property, regardless of type, has an entrance to the street, plants and a seating area. Some are reinventions of the Tyneside flat, with homes placed above each other in a terrace of houses, where each one has a front door on to the street.
See the review by The Observer’s architecture critic Rowan Moore: http://gu.com/p/4dyyv/sbl (Nov 1st 2015)