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Fascinating Footage Captures Interchange Build

Construction of South Shields' new £21million transport interchange has been captured in a fascinating three-minute film.

Timelapse footage shows the statement building from the start of the build through to completion earlier this month.

The interchange, which forms Phase Two of the £100 million 365 town centre regeneration masterplan, is now open to the public.

The footage starts following ground preparation works and demolition of the old post office on Keppel Street.

Viewers see the steel skeleton of the building being erected and a large brick retaining wall being constructed to separate the building from the car park.

In the background, work is ongoing to upgrade track and signaling systems as well as building a new platform for the Metro. The roof is installed, followed by the external shell of the building, finished with gold-coloured copper shingle cladding.

Finally, the bus concourse is constructed and finishing touches are added to the building.

Cllr Mark Walsh, Lead Member for Housing and Transport on South Tyneside Council, said:  "The site has been a hive of activity since April last year and we've all watched this building gradually take shape before our eyes.

"Now we can see the product of that hard work and what a striking, fantastic addition to the town centre the interchange is.

"Seeing the construction process captured from start to finish in this video is fascinating. The interchange is already becoming part of the fabric of the town so it's great to look back at this footage with a sense of achievement."

Around 7.5 million passengers a year are expected to use the interchange, which brings a relocated Metro station and bus concourse under one roof.

The council worked with partner Muse Developments, Nexus and construction contractor Bowmer and Kirkland, to deliver the project. The building facility has now been handed over to public body Nexus, who will operate and manage the new facility.

David Wells, Regional Director at Muse Developments, said: "It really is a proud moment for everyone connected with the new transport interchange.

"The video highlights the journey we've been on to realise the vision to provide a real statement building for the town that delivers on design, purpose and accessibility for the community.

"True transformational regeneration is only possible through strong, open partnerships with all stakeholders, who bring together the people needed to complete a scheme to the highest-possible standard with community need at its heart.

"We're delighted to be playing a part in the South Tyneside story and we look forward to continuing to deliver the 365 town centre regeneration masterplan with the Council."

Demolition of the existing Metro station and further public realm work is ongoing.

Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of North East LEP, said: "The North East LEP is pleased to be supporting South Tyneside Council to deliver its 365 regeneration masterplan for South Shields.

"This new high quality transport hub will serve local people, visitors and businesses by improving transport links to and from South Shields to the rest of the region and beyond."

The footage can be viewed on the Council's YouTube channel, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehKl8oX1FwE

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