A stunning South Tyneside seafront attraction has carried off its first national award.
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.
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 has been recognised in this way at a national level.
"This award is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in helping to deliver this superb seafront attraction. Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall is one of a number of regeneration projects dedicated to achieving our vision of making South Shields the North East's premier coastal resort."
Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall has already won a number of regional 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 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The scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.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.