SOUTH Tyneside’s new multi-million pound promenade is already making waves – after clinching an awards double.
The £5m Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall – which was officially opened last month – has been named the best scheme over £4m in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East’s Robert Stephenson Awards.
The success came days after the project secured a gong for the best Infrastructure project at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards.
The project involved the replacement of outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne’s South Pier.
The existing beach has been 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 public art works – Eye and Sail – plus seating and state of the art lighting.
A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We are thrilled at this news. To be awarded twice in one week is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in helping to deliver a superb new seafront attraction. These awards are very well deserved.”
The £2.3m Harton Quays Park on South Shields riverside received a special commendation for Civil Engineering in the Public Realm by ICE judges.