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More recognition for Littlehaven project

The award-winning Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall at night

A South Tyneside seafront attraction could add more awards to its impressive collection of accolades.

The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields has been shortlisted for a further three industry commendations.

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.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "Littlehaven is just one of our ambitious regeneration projects helping us to turn our vision of making South Shields the region's premier coastal resort into a reality.

"The scheme has already received two honours and to be shortlisted for three more prestigious awards is once again testament to all those who helped deliver this fantastic attraction.

"Not only is the seawall and promenade a striking and beautiful feature of our coastline, it provides vital protection to homes and businesses at risk of flooding.

"It's one of the Borough's great assets and we are extremely proud of it."

The project was funded by South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and delivered by a team including contractor Galliford Try Civil Engineering, engineering consultants Royal Haskoning DHV, landscape architects Oobe and Balfour Beatty Living Places.

The scheme involved the replacement of outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.

The existing beach was 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, landscaping, seating and state-of-the-art lighting.

Last year, Littlehaven took the crown in the Infrastructure category at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards.

Just days later, it scooped another honour - best scheme over £4 million - in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East Robert Stephenson Awards.

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