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Success for Seafront Scheme

Success for seafront scheme

A stunning South Tyneside seafront attraction has notched up its ninth award.

The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields won the medium Scale Project of the Year at the Landscape Institute Awards where it also won the overall Fellows' Award for Climate Change Adaptation.

The judges said: "Littlehaven promenade beautifully demonstrates the multiple benefits of landscape architecture.

"This is an unusual, refreshing response to coastal defence, involving a landward shift in sea defences in the interest of long-term sustainability."

The latest national awards followed hot on the heels of another regional accolade when the scheme picked up the title of Best Regeneration Scheme at the Living North Awards this weekend.

The latest honours mean the scheme has now won nine awards and been highly commended in three national contests.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "Littlehaven is an innovative design concept that provides residents and visitors with a beautifully-lit promenade where they can take in beautiful views all year round while providing much-needed flood defence for homes and businesses in the area.

"Winning the Fellows' Award is a real coup for the partnership that worked on this project. I'm delighted that our innovative approach to creating a sea defence wall that has also enhanced a community space has been recognised at national level in this way."

The Littlehaven scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.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

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