Project to transform South Shields retail area takes major step forward

Councillor's Ed Malcolm and Michael Clare join Keepmoat's Ian Prescott and Claire Slater at the start of demolition to the southern end of Frederick Street.
Councillor's Ed Malcolm and Michael Clare join Keepmoat's Ian Prescott and Claire Slater at the start of demolition to the southern end of Frederick Street.

A £30m regeneration project to transform a South Shields retail area is taking a major step forward this week.

Work will start to demolish the empty properties at the southern end of Frederick Street to make way for new housing in the Laygate area.

The northern half of Frederick Street remains open for business with the planned development designed to integrate the existing retail area with the new neighbourhood and to help trade thrive.

The £30m regeneration of the Trinity South area of Laygate involves the building of 223 new family homes across 5.6 hectares of land, which includes the former Circatex factory site as well as the southern half of Frederick Street, between Walpole Street and Reed Street. The new neighbourhood will provide a mix of social and private housing.

The scheme is being delivered by Keepmoat, in partnership with South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, and forms part of the wider South Shields Riverside regeneration masterplan.

The latest works have been welcomed by South Tyneside Council’s Simonside and Rekendyke ward members, Councillors Ed Malcolm, Lynne Proudlock and Michael Clare.

“Historically, Frederick Street was a bustling shopping area, but it has been in serious decline for several years,” Councillor Malcolm said.

“We have aspirations to create a more sustainable retail core in the upper part of Frederick Street, Laygate and New Green Street, and we hope that by injecting the area with renewed commercial vitality, it will help it to thrive once again.

“Replacing the run down properties in the southern half of Frederick Street with a quality, vibrant new neighbourhood, will also create fantastic new housing opportunities for residents.

“Clearing the site for new housing is a major step forward in helping us to transform the area and to give the people of Laygate the improvements they deserve.”

Pre-demolition works such as rubbish clearance and surveys began in May after years of property acquisition by the Council in the southern part of Frederick Street. The demolition work will see the land cleared ahead of house building starting later this year.

As part of the plans, a new linear park running from Reed Street, through the rear of Frederick Street will be built and the local medical practices will benefit from two new car parks. There will also be extensive new car parking around the retained northern half of Frederick Street to help support local businesses.

Ian Prescott, Land and Partnerships Director at Keepmoat Homes, said: “Local people however have had faith in our ability to deliver the overall regeneration scheme and the Trinity South development has been one of Keepmoat’s best-selling sites in the whole of the country.

“Now that the Frederick Street premises are coming down, the success of our partnership with the Council will be visible for all to see.”