Drilling work begins for South Shields’ new library hub

TALKING POINT ... Drilling at South Shields Market Square.
TALKING POINT ... Drilling at South Shields Market Square.

SOUTH Shields’ skyline has been dominated by a huge “helter skelter”-style drill this week.

The piece of equipment has proved a talking point for people in the town’s Market Place in recent days.

The drill is a piling rig being used on the construction site of The Word, the town’s new library and digital hub.

It is being used by contractors Bowmer and Kirkland, who were appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse, to undertake the construction of the complex.

It has been drilling big holes that will be filled with concrete to make the foundations for The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word.

The work represents the first phase of the wider redevelopment of South Shields town centre as part of the council’s £100m 365 masterplan.

365 aims to transform the town, increasing the shopping and leisure on offer as well as improving the way people travel.

The building will provide a library and interactive exhibition space, which aims to not only provide a home for local writing talent but become a real community hub.

As well as the construction of a three-storey building near Ferry Street on the Riverside, this phase of the redevelopment will also see improvements made to the adjoining Market Place, and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays.