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Marsden Bay improvement works

Contents

  1. Overview of the project
  2. Access to Marsden Bay
  3. How the new steps will look
  4. Timeline
  5. Funding for the project

Overview of the project

This project aimed to: 

  • provide safe and sustainable access to the beach
  • return this part of the coastline to a more natural environment

The work involved:

  • demolishing the disused former Marsden Lifeguard Station and canoe store - these were closed for many years, and were at an increasing risk of collapse - demolishing the buildings helped to return the area to a more natural environment
  • rebuilding Redwell Steps - the concrete on the lower steps was particularly vulnerable to natural coastal erosion, so they are being replaced with a more sustainable timber and steel structure

Access to Marsden Bay

You can access Marsden Bay from Camel Island and Marsden Grotto during the work.

When visiting Marsden Bay, please:

With any coastal location of this nature, there is always the danger of rock falls onto the beach, so we recommend keeping a safe distance from the cliff face.

How the new steps will look

The steps will be built from timber and steel.

Below is an artist's impression of how the stairs will look: 

Redwell Steps - artist impression - Sep 2021

Timeline

The demolition was completed in October 2020.

Construction of the steps started in September 2021.

Construction was completed in February 2022.

Phase 1 - demolition

Work was completed in October 2020 to demolish:

  • the disused former Marsden Lifeguard Station and canoe store
  • lower section of Redwell Steps

This work was scheduled to avoid disturbing birds during the breeding and nesting seasons.

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Phase 2 - building the steps

Work has finished on the construction of new timber and steel stairs. Construction was completed in February 2022.

This will provide safe and sustainable access to the beach.

The new steps were built by Esh Construction. The Royal Haskoning designs were granted planning permission in August 2021.

This work was scheduled to avoid disturbing birds during the breeding and nesting seasons.

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Funding for the project

The Marsden Bay Improvement Project is being led by South Tyneside Council in partnership with the National Trust.

The project has been part funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund under the SeaScapes Project, with £100,000 towards the demolition costs.

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