Fancy taking on this South Shields seafront site? Search on for entrepreneur to transform pier-side plot into new attraction

Ever had designs on this seafront spot?

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 12:12 pm

The Watchman’s Tower and adjoining Pier Head Yard next to South Shields pier is on the market with hopes someone can transform it into a business to bring in more visitors.

A deadline of Monday, November 2, has been set for anyone interested in submitting a bid for the building and adjoining brownfield yard, which could be used as a wider redevelopment project – no part of the neighbouring car park is included in the plot.

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South Tyneside Council is looking for someone to redevelop the Watchman's Tower and surrounding Pier Head Yard on the South Pier.

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The particulars set out how it benefits from “stunning panoramic views” of Littlehaven Beach and the Tyne estuary, with a lookout on its flat roof, as well as its location close to Haven Point, The Dunes, Ocean Beach and Westovian Theatre.

It has previously been used by the Port of Tyne to monitor the river and as a restaurant.

The council has said it does not want it to become a home and will retain the freehold, but says a “range of leasehold structures may be available.”

A photo shared by @retail of the view from the roof of the Watchman's Tower.

Councillor John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Over the last decade we have completely transformed South Shields seafront, with significant investment in state-of-the-art leisure facilities, such as Haven Point leisure complex as well as Littlehaven Promenade improvements and public realm works to strengthen the links between Sandhaven and Littlehaven beaches.

"The wealth of regeneration work has not only helped to create a vibrant and attractive public space but has also created an environment for private sector investment.

“With its unique location and spectacular views over Littlehaven and the mouth of Tyne, the development of the Pier Watchman’s building and yard provides us with an exciting opportunity to enhance the foreshore even further and to boost the leisure offer for the benefit of both residents and visitors alike.

Councillor John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council, has said it is "very much looking forward to seeing what developers and entrepreneurs come up with" for the plot.

“It is important that any new scheme complements our stunning seafront area and helps to increase visitor numbers to support our efforts to make South Shields the region’s number one coastal resort.

“We are very much looking forward to seeing what developers and entrepreneurs come up with for this particular site.”

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The plot includes the nieghbouring Pier Head Yard.

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The land next to the Watchman's Tower is included in the plot.
A photo taken by @retail to show the view from the top of the building.
A map shared by @retail shows the site outlined in blue and the yard in red.
The site's location close to exisiting leisure facilities has been highlighted by @retail as it looks for a new purpose for the pier-side site.