First look inside new housing development at former Hebburn industrial site made famous by Gary Numan

Two new show homes have opened giving potential buyers the first chance to get a closer look at a new Hebburn housing development.

By Poppy Kennedy
Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 2:15 pm
Pictures from the Wardley and Norwood showhomes

Persona Homes bosses say houses at the new Ellison Grove development, off Victoria Road West, have a ‘unique design’ with contemporary stylings, large windows and open plan living.

There are set to be 159 homes in total – a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom houses – built on the former industrial site which was once home to Narec Clothier Laboratories.

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Inside the bedrooms in the Norwood show home

With a prices starting at £207,500, Persona Homes has announced two new show homes – the four-bedroom Wardley and the three-bedroom Norwood – are now available to view at Ellison Grove.

Both homes come with Zanussi kitchen appliances and Twyford bathroom fittings as standard, with the Norwood including a turfed and fenced rear garden ready for the summer.

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Alison Ash, Sales Manager at Persona Homes, said: “Buyers have been pleasantly surprised by the size of our homes and the high specification fixtures and fittings that are offered as standard.

The kitchen diner at the Wardley show home

“Off plan reservations have been really strong since we released our first houses and I’m excited to now welcome people into our beautifully designed show homes so they can experience them in person.”

The development is close to the A19 and other transport links such as the Tyne and Wear Metro system.

Visits to the show homes and marketing suite are all currently available by appointment only.

The former Narec Clothier Laboratories stood for more than 40 years after being opened in 1970.

One of the bedrooms in the Wardley style show home

Once the only high voltage testing site of its kind in the UK, the facility was used by the National Grid and other major operators.

However, the site has remained dormant since bulldozers moved in on the landmark lab in 2013.

The building was also owned by engineering giant Siemens at the time.

For more information and to make an appointment go to or call 0800 030 8888.

The kitchen diner of the Norwood homes

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The Norwood living room