Only days after scooping a prestigious award, the Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project at South Tyneside's seafront has done it again.
The development has been crowned the best scheme over £4m in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East's Robert Stephenson Awards, last night (Thursday 1 May).
It comes only days after the new £5m seafront attraction secured an award for the best Infrastructure project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards on April 25.
Littlehaven fought off competition from three other entries in the awards, which recognise outstanding projects that are environmentally sustainable or help to contribute to the region's heritage, in two categories (projects valued greater than and less than £4m). Special awards are also given to those where innovation features strongly.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "We are thrilled at this news. To be awarded twice in one week is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in helping to deliver what is a superb new seafront attraction. These awards are very well deserved.
"We have so much to celebrate here in the Borough. Littlehaven is the latest in a series of exciting regeneration schemes, which are helping us to turn our vision to make South Shields the region's premier coastal resort into a reality.
"Haven Point, our seafront pool and leisure complex, was opened by HRH the Duke of Cambridge last November, followed by the official launch of our stunning riverside park at Harton Quays. We are also delighted Harton Quays Park was commended in both these awards.
"The Littlehaven attraction itself provides residents and visitors with a beautifully-lit promenade where they can enjoy striking views all year round while providing improved sea defences. We're very much looking forward to a glorious summer when we will be able to showcase Littlehaven in all of its glory."
The Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project has involved the replacement of the outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.
The existing beach has been widened and the new promenade and seawall created to take account of the latest projections for the impact of climate change. Other features include the installation of bespoke public art works - Eye and Sail, landscaping, seating and state of the art lighting.
Littlehaven was singled out by the ICE judges "as an excellent partnership in collaboration to achieve an end goal, which not only fully complies with the national strategy for flood and coastal defence but importantly has regenerated a valuable asset which had in recent years become underused."
They also 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.
The project was funded by South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and delivered by a team including contractors Galliford Try Civil Engineering, engineering consultants Royal Haskoning DHV, landscape architects Oobe and Balfour Beatty Living Places.
The £2.3m Harton Quays Park on South Shields riverside received a special commendation for Civil Engineering in the Public Realm. It follows the Highly Commended accolade in the RICS awards Regeneration category.
The park is a new public space created on former derelict coal staithes site on South Shields Riverside. It features a curved stone ribbon wall, promenade, striking water feature, landscaping as well as a garden seating areas, a dramatic 'pine grove' viewing point across the river and amphitheatre to host public performances.
Outdoor enthusiast and TV broadcaster Julia Bradbury officially opened Harton Quays Park last November. The scheme was jointly funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and delivered in partnership with landscape architects Grant Associates and contractor Balfour Beatty.
The ICE judges said they felt that the project "showed how well civil engineers can work closely with other professionals in the built environment to deliver a high quality public realm scheme for the benefit of the local community." They added that they were impressed by the team ethic, particularly the proactive and enthusiastic involvement of the client in driving the scheme forward."
For further information about Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall visit www.southtyneside.info/littlehaven More details about Harton Quays Park are available at www.southtyneside.info/southshields365