Pier parade South Shields
Rebecca Wayman

£3.2m regeneration project for South Shields moves forward with new contractor

South Tyneside Council is delivering a multi-million-pound restoration project with the appointment of a new contractor.

Esh Construction has won the contract for the £3.2m restoration of the North Marine Park, on South Shields’ seafront.

Work is due to begin later this summer, with the aim to return its original Victorian features and introduce new features. This will be supported by a £2.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).

Cllr John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “This is a real milestone and I’d like to welcome Esh who will be working with us to deliver this exciting project.

“After years of planning, securing funding and developing detailed proposals for the park, our vision for the site is about to start taking shape. North Marine Park is a jewel in the Borough’s crown and an important part of our cultural heritage.

“For more than a century, it has been a favourite spot for local people and visitors and our commitment to restoring it will ensure that this beautiful, calm haven will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Preliminary works began earlier this year. Esh is expected to begin construction next month, undertaking the work in phases so that the park remains open for visitors.

The work, which is expected to take around 12 months, will involve creating ‘better’ links with Littlehaven Promenade and improving the area around the Lawe Top.

The project will also involve creating a new themed play area, which will reflect the Borough’s maritime links and Roman heritage, and restoring the park’s original features such as the grotto and the grand promenade staircase.

Cllr Anglin added: “North Marine Park was designed to be an asset for the community and redeveloping it and restoring it to its former glory will ensure residents and visitors get the most out of this wonderful facility.”

There are also plans to develop interpretation features and art work installations at the performance area, grotto and site of the former Victorian pilot lookout, Trinity Towers.

North and South Marine Parks opened in June 1890.

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