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Awards and achievements

Recent awards and inspections

We have a clear focus on improving outcomes in South Tyneside and often receive national recognition for our achievements.

When our services are recognised for the outstanding work they carry out, there are several positive effects such as raising staff morale, inspiring community confidence in our services and allowing others to learn from our examples of good practice.

We are very proud of what we've achieved.

See below for recent awards and inspections.


Multiple Design Accolades for The Word

The Word, National Centre For The Written Word, has exceeded all expectations, winning multiple industry awards.

Read more: The Word Exceeds all Expectations

Council Achieves Bronze Better Health at Work Award

South Tyneside Council has achieved an award for raising awareness of a range of health and wellbeing initiatives with its workforce.

Read more: Bronze achievement for South Tyneside Council in Better Health at Work Award

The Word Shortlisted for Top National Award

The Word, National Centre For The Written Word, is among 6 libraries shortlisted for Library of the Year in the British Book Awards.

Read more: The Word in the Running for Top Award

Flying the Flag Over South Shields Seaside

Sandhaven Beach has again secured Blue Flag status as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy. The award acts as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.

Read more: Flying the Flag Over South Shields Seaside

South Tyneside Parks Among Best in the UK

South Marine Park in South Shields and West Park in Jarrow have been named among the best in the country after receiving the Green Flag Award again this year.

Read more: South Tyneside Parks Among Best in the UK

Top Marks for Council Website

Independent public sector IT association SOCITM (the Society of Information Technology Management) gave the website the highest possible four star rating, placing it in the top ten per cent of local authority websites in the country.

Read more: Top Marks for Council Website


South Tyneside Shortlisted for LGC Council of the Year

South Tyneside Council is among six councils shortlisted by LGC Council of the Year out of hundreds of submissions.

Read more: South Tyneside in the running for Council of the Year

South Tyneside School Wins School of the Year Award

Boldon Nursery School has been named School of the Year in the Times Educational Supplement national awards scheme.

Read more: South Tyneside School Wins School of the Year Award

Shortlisting Success for Housing Scheme

A scheme to provide better and more modern living spaces for older people in South Tyneside has been shortlisted for a national award.

Read more: Shortlisting Success for Housing Scheme

More Accolades as Hebburn Central Celebrates 1st Year

Hebburn Central has been named as one of the UK's Best Buildings, receiving recognition for both its architectural design and its role in the community, winning both the Royal Institute of British Architects North East Award 2016 and National Award 2016.

Read more: Happy birthday to Hebburn Central

Awards for Fellgate Flood Alleviation Project

A scheme to provide greater protection against flooding in an area of South Tyneside has won awards for its innovation and sustainability.

Read more: Lasting Legacy in Fight Against Flooding

International Recognition for Hebburn Central

Hebburn Central has scooped international recognition winning the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement at this year's Civic Trust Awards.

Read more: Award for Hebburn Central

Affordable Social Housing Award Nomination for Jarrow Housing Development

South Tyneside Homes and South Tyneside Housing Ventures Trust have been selected as finalists for the Local Authority Building Control Award's 'Best Social or Affordable New Housing' for the 26-property Stanley Street development.

Read more: Award nomination for housing company

Harm Reduction Service receives praise following recent inspection

South Tyneside's harm reduction service, which provides support to people affected by addiction, has been praised following a recent inspection.

Read more: Harm Reduction Service receives praise following recent inspection

Flying the Flag for South Tyneside's Parks

Two parks in South Tyneside have been named among the best in the UK - and that's official.

Read more: Flying the Flag for South Tyneside's Parks

Silver Service

South Tyneside Council has been awarded a Silver Employer Recognition (ERS) Award for the support it offers its Armed Forces community across the Borough.

Read more: Silver Service


Fresh Thinking Lands Council Award Recognition

South Tyneside Council's procurement team in partnership with BT South Tyneside is shortlisted for awards recognising achievement and innovation in public procurement.

Read more: Fresh Thinking Could Land Council Top Award

Council Shortlisted for Housing Award

South Tyneside Council has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award for its work to address housing problems in the Borough.

Read more: Council could scoop housing award

National Recognition for Littlehaven

The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields was named Best Urban Regeneration Project at the national Brownfield Briefing Awards which recognise technical and conceptual excellence.

Read more: National Recognition for Littlehaven

Success for Seafront Scheme

Littlehaven won the medium Scale Project of the Year at the Landscape Institute Awards and overall Fellows' Award for Climate Change Adaptation.

Read more: Success for Seafront Scheme

More Recognition for Littlehaven

Littlehaven has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Building Awards, the pinnacle of the British Construction Industry Awards.

Read more: More Recognition for Littlehaven

Littlehaven does it again!

The scheme won Infrastructure Project of the Year and overall North East Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2015

Read more: Littlehaven does it again!

More recognition for Littlehaven project

The development has made it to the finals in the Construction News Awards 2015, for Project of the Year and the Placemaking Awards in two categories - Award for Design Excellence and Regional - Northern England.

Read more: More recognition for Littlehaven project

Award for Bents Park

It's official - Bents Park in South Shields is the public's favourite community area across South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Read more: Award for Bents Park

Innovative Learning in Running for National Award

An innovative approach to child development in South Tyneside has been shortlisted for a national award.

Read more: Innovative Learning in Running for National Award

National Recognition for Service Delivery

South Tyneside Council has been recognised for its fleet service after being named a finalist in national public sector awards.

Read more: National Recognition for Service Delivery

One of the best beaches in the UK 

Sandhaven Beach on South Shields seafront will once again be flying the flag for the summer season after retaining a coveted national award.

The stunning tourist attraction has retained the Blue Flag status, as well as the Seaside Award from leading environmental charity, Keep Britain Tidy, acting as a guarantee that South Tyneside has one of the best beaches in the world.

Read more: Flying the Flag at Sandhaven


Silver Summer Festival

South Tyneside Council is celebrating after scooping a tourism award for its exciting free Summer Festival of live music, entertainment and activities. The annual three-month event secured a silver award in the Best Tourism Event category of the North East England Tourism Awards.

Read more: Prestigious Award for South Tyneside Summer Festival

Top awards for Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall

One of South Tyneside's new seafront attractions has scooped two prestigious awards.

The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project was crowned the best Infrastructure project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards 2014.

The category recognises outstanding achievement by a project or programme of infrastructure works including projects that deliver essential facilities, services or organisational structure.

Only days after taking the award, the project did it again.

The development was crowned the best scheme over £4m in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East's Robert Stephenson Awards.

Judges acknowledged the pre-planning of the construction as well as extensive community engagement that had been undertaken including the establishment of an on-site visitors centre and site visits for local school children and college students.

Award-winning Harton Quays Park

Harton Quays Park on South Shields riverside has been recognised for its magnificent landscaping. The stunning waterfront attraction was the only scheme in the region to win a British Association of Landscape Industries award.

Read more: Waterfront park scoops industry award

Every Contact a Health Improvement Contact

Every Contact a Health Improvement Contact (ECHIC) programme has scooped the public health category of the 2014 Local Government Chronicle Awards which showcases the biggest celebration of innovation and talent across British councils.

Read more: South Tyneside Council wins prestigious award for its innovative health improvement programme

National Recognition for Council

South Tyneside Council has been highlighted by a national newspaper as being in the best local authorities in Britain.

The Daily Telegraph rated the council sixth nationwide in an article highlighting 'outstanding local authorities that will bring a smile to every homeowner'.

National Recognition for Council

South Tyneside Homes among top 100 for equality and diversity

South Tyneside Homes is leading the way for its continued commitment to equality and diversity after being ranked among the country's best gay-friendly workplaces.

The housing company has ranked 72nd place in the Stonewall Work Place Equality Index 2014. This is a leap from 114th in 2013 and takes the organisation into the Top 100 organisations for the first time.

The Stonewall Top 100 is a definitive list of the UK's most gay-friendly workplaces and is the tenth to be published by the charity.

The index takes into account a range of key indicators including a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall's Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

Find out more about South Tyneside Homes


External praise for Council of the Year

Despite the challenging economic climate, South Tyneside Council has been named 'Overall Council of the Year' by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The Council, which together with South Tyneside Homes and Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service was shortlisted in five award categories and singled out by the judges for consistently high achievement across a wide range of service areas.

Paul O'Brien, Chief Executive of APSE, said: "South Tyneside has excelled in service delivery across the board which is why they have deservingly taken the very prestigious UK wide award of Overall Council of the Year in Service Delivery." In addition, the Council reached the judges' shortlist for Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative, Best Service Team (Transport and Fleet) and Best Public/Public Partnership Initiative. South Tyneside Homes, the Council's housing management company, won the Best Housing and Regeneration Initiative and was shortlisted for Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.

Marsden Bay is a hidden gem

A piece of the South Tyneside coastline has been named as one of the nation's 'best-kept secrets'.

Marsden Bay in South Shields made the top 10 hidden gems of England's coastline, chosen by Visit England.

It made the prestigious list just months after the town was named as one of the '30 Best Places by the Sea' in the country.

The Times singled out Marsden, home to Marsden Rock and renowned for its seabird colonies, for having "fantastic scenery and a colourful history of smugglers, shipwrecks and ghost stories".

Green Flag Status


South Marine Park is one of the best in the UK - and that's official.

With parks providing the perfect location for families during the school holidays, South Marine Park at South Shields seafront has been recognised among a record-breaking 1,447 parks and green spaces with a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Green Flag awards recognise and reward the best parks in the country and show visitors that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Read more about South Marine Park

Blue Flag Status


Sandhaven Beach has been announced as a winner of the coveted 2013 Blue Flag and Seaside Award (formerly Quality Coast Award), as Keep Britain Tidy proudly confirms the North East has some of the cleanest and best beaches in the world.

Sandhaven Beach is one of only four beaches in the North East to gain the Blue Flag status, and one of eight to pick up the new Seaside Award.

The prize rewards the beach's fantastic facilities, cleanliness and, in the case of the Blue Flag awards, meeting the highest international standard of water quality.

South Tyneside wins seaside accolade

Sandhaven Beach

South Tyneside is a great place to live - it's official! Already recognised by Visit England as one of the country's best seaside resorts, South Shields has now been put in the national spotlight byThe Times newspaper as one of the country's '30 best places by the sea'.

The supplement, one of a series of features on the best places to live in Britain, singled out South Shields for its fantastic beaches, excellent school facilities and value for money. The town was one of just two North East seaside spots to be included, with Northumberland beauty spot Bamburgh also making an appearance, alongside resorts like Brighton, Southwold and Whitby.

Local Government Chronicle Awards 2013

'Bored in Boldon' was named top 'Community Involvement' project in 2013. Our Adoption team was also commended in the category of 'Frontline Team of the Year'.

Community Involvement

'Bored in Boldon' was named top 'Community Involvement' project in 2013. 

This partnership project engages up to 150 young people per week in positive activities. 

Since it started, incidents of anti-social behaviour amongst young people in Boldon have reduced dramatically, meaning better opportunities for young people and a safer environment for local communities.

Highly commended Frontline Team of the Year

Our Adoption team was also commended in the category of 'Frontline Team of the Year'. 

They are a consistently high performing team, recognised nationally as top performers by Ofsted, peer review and, on a personal level, by each of the families they support. 

Read more: Council Wins Award For Tackling Boredom In Boldon ...

Charter Status

South Tyneside Council wins the coveted North East Charter for Elected Member Development award.

Our elected members have been recognised for the self-led approach they take to member development. 

The Council was awarded Charter Status after successfully demonstrating members' contribution in promoting citizenship and demonstrating that member learning and development is making a difference. 

They were congratulated on their willingness to accept external 'peer scrutiny' and sharing good practice with other local authorities and agencies.

Read the press release: South Tyneside Council wins coveted Charter Development award

Find out more about South Tyneside councillors

South Tyneside Homes wins training and development award


South Tyneside Homes wins the Training and Development category at the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For Awards.

South Tyneside Homes, which manages 18,000 homes on behalf of the Council, was recognised by the Sunday Times in their Top 100 Best Not for Profit Companies to Work for in March 2013.

They were praised for continuing to recognise the importance of training in spite of the difficult economic climate. 

In-house trainers provided almost two-thirds of the company's training courses in the past year, freeing up additional funds to invest in apprenticeships - one of our key Shaping our Future priorities.

Read the press release: Learning Accolade For South Tyneside Homes

Find out more about South Tyneside Homes


Fleet Hero Awards

South Tyneside Council was runner up in the category "Best Public Sector Fleet" as part of the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards.

South Tyneside was the only Council shortlisted in this category and coming runner up to Northamptonshire Police is a great achievement while gaining recognition for all the hard work our Fleet Services do.

Find out more: Energy Saving Trust: Fleet Hero Awards

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