A stunning South Tyneside seafront attraction is in the running for a prestigious national award.
The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields has been shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Awards - the pinnacle of the British Construction Industry Awards - which recognise publicly funded construction projects that are completed on time, on budget and bring real change to the community.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "Littlehaven provides residents and visitors with a beautifully-lit promenade where they can enjoy striking views all year round while providing much-needed flood defence for homes and businesses in the area. It is gratifying that our approach to providing protection against coastal erosion and flooding and creating outstanding public spaces continues to be recognised in this way at a national level."
"To be shortlisted for this award is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in helping to deliver what is a superb seafront attraction. Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall is one of a number of regeneration projects dedicated to achieve our vision of making South Shields the North East's premier coastal resort."
Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall has already won a number of awards including Infrastructure Project of the Year and overall North East Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2015. Last year it was named the best scheme in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East Robert Stephenson Awards and it took the crown in the Infrastructure category at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards.
The scheme 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The scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.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.
The award for the winning project will be presented at the British Construction Industry Awards ceremony in Park Lane, London, on 14 October. Previous award winners include the Medmerry Flood Defence Scheme, Tate Modern and the Velodrome at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.