In the past few years, South Tyneside Council has delivered regeneration schemes that have transformed South Shields riverside, creating space for hundreds of jobs and attracting millions of pounds of private investment, including:
Harton Quays Park
Harton Quays Park adjacent to the Customs House, One Harton Quay and Ferry Landing opened to the public in September 2013.
The new park, which stretches along the River Tyne from the ferry landing to the Customs House, is an attractive gateway into South Shields Town Centre.
The high specification design includes a curved stone ribbon wall, a promenade, a striking water feature, lawns and colourful planting, as well as garden seating areas and a dramatic 'pine grove' viewing point across the river.
Construction of the stunning new building at One Harton Quay was completed in September 2011.
The £10.5 million Business Centre was designed by +3 Architecture and built for the Council by Miller Construction (now Galliford Try).
The building has been occupied on a long-term lease by BT, the Council's strategic partner, and offers the space to house 500 new jobs.
Work on new housing at the Trinity South neighbourhood started in May 2013.
This £30 million residential development, delivered in partnership with Keepmoat Homes and the Homes & Communities Agency, will provide 199 new build family houses, as well as 24 apartments. 20 houses will be offered as rented social housing - these are the same design as the private housing and spread across the development. The remaining homes will be sold on the open market by the developer.
Restoration of Victorian tiles at Frederick Street
Victorian tiles from a former butcher shop on Frederick Street have been saved and donated to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, by housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat.
South Tyneside Council is currently working with Keepmoat and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver a £30m regeneration project, which will transform the rundown retail area around Frederick Street and provide 223 new homes.
The Victorian tiles were discovered during demolition and offered to the museum to celebrate the heritage of the street. They will now be placed on display for the public to view.
The celebration seen family members of the original butchers turn up for the tile handover and they were delighted that the shops legacy will remain.
The local museum will be showcasing these tiles for public viewing.
Aims for the riverside
Office and employment
Culture and entertainment
Food and drink
Improve links with town centre and create a visitor destination
Grow evening economy
Attract high quality office and commercial development
Attract a quality hotel
Improve and encourage access to the waterfront
Ensure new housing is of a high quality, attractive to families and meets the needs of existing and future residents
Capture additional spend into the Town Centre from new developments
Promote cross river activities
About South Shields Riverside
South Shields Riverside is a priority regeneration area that offers significant opportunity for high quality commercial and residential development. The area runs from Harton Quays Park in the north through to the former Commercial Hotel site in the south and is critical to realising the Council's ambition of a rejuvenated South Shields that benefits its residents, businesses and visitors.
The striking 'One Harton Quay' office building opened in September 2011 and provides capacity for over 500 jobs with stunning river views in a modern efficient business environment. In August 2012, 'One Trinity Green' opened in Laygate to support small businesses in the low carbon and environmental goods sectors. This building benefited from funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Harton Quays Park followed in September 2013 and provides an attractive waterfront public space. All have won regional and national awards recognising their environmental credentials and the transformation that has taken place.
223 new dwellings are under construction at Trinity South in Laygate, in partnership with Keepmoat Homes. This development on the site of the former Circatex factory has seen the demolition of the southern half of Frederick Street and retention of the remaining Victorian blocks into a new neighbourhood, demonstrating the Council's commitment to enhance the heritage of the town. Harton Quays Park has improved the setting of the Customs House, one of the town's main cultural venues set within a historic conservation area.
Holborn at Commercial Road represents the next major regeneration opportunity. Building on success to date, the Council is now working to ensure high quality development is delivered that the town can be truly proud of.