A leading developer has been selected to take forward South Shields 365, South Tyneside Council's ambitious plan for renewal of the town centre. Muse Developments - one of the country's leading names in property development and urban regeneration - will deliver the £100m masterplan which aims to make South Shields an exciting destination every day of the year.
Muse is a national developer best known in the North East for its transformation of Newcastle's Quayside, which was completed in 2002. More recently the company was Durham City's partner in the Walkergate development, including a cafe, bars and restaurants as well as 35 apartments and a 100-bedroom hotel. Muse is currently working with Stockton Council to deliver a £300m mixed use development on the Northshore site, with the first 50 homes already complete.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "South Shields 365 is a compelling vision and Muse's expertise will add further strength to our plans. By connecting our beautiful seafront with the town centre and riverside, we can bring three distinct areas together into a seamless offer for residents and visitors to enjoy.
"The South Shields 365 vision will complement the major investments that are already underway, including the £16m Haven Point pool and leisure complex and the new promenade being constructed at nearby Littlehaven beach.
"In spite of funding reductions and a difficult financial climate, we are continuing to invest in bold and ambitious regeneration plans to deliver growth and prosperity for South Tyneside's residents."
The South Shields 365 plan, unveiled in January this year, proposes a radical town centre redevelopment with a new retail quarter in the Fowler Street West area. The scheme will create a new cinema, library, retail and leisure facilities as well as a quality hotel and new housing. The Council is also working with Nexus to bring improvements to the Metro system along with a new transport interchange.
David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: "This is an exciting challenge for Muse. Successful regeneration is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is about creating sustainable, vibrant communities where people are proud to live and work. South Shields has the potential to be a fantastic example of how regeneration can transform an area, and we look forward to working with the Council and the local community in achieving this."
The announcement follows a series of recent milestones for regeneration in South Tyneside. The 1960s eyesore Wouldhave House in South Shields market place was demolished in June, making way for a new library and cultural centre as part of the masterplan. The redeveloped Wouldhave House site will offer better links from the market place to the Riverside regeneration area, where construction of the stunning new Harton Quays Park is nearing completion.
For further details of the South Shields 365 masterplan, or to download a copy, visit www.southshields365.co.uk.