Ouseburn Barrage

Newcastle City Council wants to continue regenerating the area and create a vibrant urban village but the current state of the river, with a large drop to the water and an unsightly exposed bed at low tide, is seen as a disincentive to future development.

Studies in to the options for managing the water environment in the lower Ouseburn Valley were completed in 2001. The preferred option selected was the construction of a tidal barrage and navigation lock at the area under the Glasshouse bridge thus encouraging redevelopment by raising of the water level along the river in the lower Ouseburn Valley and improving the value of the waterway for recreation, including navigation.

The barrage will form a gateway feature for the valley, where redevelopment will be encouraged by the constant high water level, while maintaining the tidal environment in the section of the Ouseburn within the Newcastle Quayside redevelopment area.


May 2006
The first two photos show the area way back in May 2006 long before construction began.






26th March 2008

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30th March 2008

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30th April 2008

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2nd May 2008

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6th June 2008

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29th June 2008

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5th July 2008

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17th September 2008
Taken from the bridge above looking directly down at the barrage

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22nd October 2008

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19th November 2008

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13th January 2009

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24th January 2009

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2nd February 2009

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3rd February 2009

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18th February 2009

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4th March 2009

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19th March 2009
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29th March 2009

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7th April 2009

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19th April 2009

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20th May 2009

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29th May 2009

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10th June 2009

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23rd June 2009

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26th August 2009

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Early September 2009
The barrage is now open for use. I will add some photos of it being used when I see it happen.

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November 2016






Sketches courtesy of lead artist Michael Dan Archer

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See also:
Michael Dan Archer - Lead artist on the Ouseburn Barrage.
Ouseburn barrage to cost £1m more than expected



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another great collection, Steve.

Regards

Lawrence

ILuvNUFC said...

No problem. :)
It's just a shame I managed to somehow miss the opening ceremony!

epsonone said...

Thanks for information on the ouseburn steve ,I had no idea this was going on and you even got the plans
Alex

ILuvNUFC said...

No problem.
I don't miss much that goes on around here, except for the official opening! :)

George Morley said...

The ouseburn used to be packed with all sorts of small boats - often in all states of repair or disuse, but many were obviously well loved and used craft. Every picture now shows the entire ouse deserted, without even a rowing boat, even on the old slips. Can anyone tell me where all the boats have gone?. Are there any plans to dredge the river?. Are there fish now in the river there?.