AN ambitious revamp on part of South Shields seafront has seen it scoop a top regional award.
Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall was named Infastructure of the Year project at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards held in Newcastle.
The £5m revamp of the area stretches from the South Groyne to the South Pier.
It includes upgraded footpaths, lighting, ramps, public art and a new sea defence wall.
The area attracted thousands of people to the seafront when it was officially opened earlier this month.
The Harton Quays Park in South Shields was also highly commended by judges at the same event.
The £2.3m project, which was offically opened to the public last September, has been described as a key element of a £100m masterplan to regenerate South Shields town centre.
It incorporates water features, seating and grassed areas overlooking the River Tyne.
The prestigious annual contest celebrates inspirational initiatives in the land, property and construction sectors.
Chairman of the RICS North East Renaissance Awards judging panel, David Furniss, said: “The RICS North East Renaissance Awards are not about architecture, they are about how buildings contribute to the built environment, their community and those that use them.
“The judges are always hoping to see something new and innovative that challenges the status quo and uses building to facilitate change.”