The face of South Tyneside is ever-changing as demolition works are carried out across the borough.
Wrecking balls are crashing down on a number of location across South Shields as developers prepare for the town’s future.
It’s not just the town centre which is being transformed as part of the £100million 365 regeneration plan – surrounding estates are also having a facelift.
Last month saw the final buildings on the southern half of Frederick Street, in Laygate, being reduced to rubble.
The work is part of a £30million regeneration scheme, which will see the building of 223 new family homes across 5.6 hectares of land, which also incorporates the former Circatex factory site.
The new neighbourhood will provide a mix of social and private housing.
I know local people are really excited.Coun Tracey Dixon
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 to help trade thrive.
Coun Ed Malcolm said: “The regeneration of the Frederick Street area is progressing well. The southern end of the street has now been cleared to make way for a vibrant new neighbourhood with fantastic housing opportunities for residents.
“This is a major step forward in helping us to transform the area. We are now working with our partners to create the new road layout for the neighbourhood.
“The northern part of Frederick Street remains open for business and we would encourage people to continue to support local traders as we work to help the retail area thrive once again.
“We are also carrying out some environmental improvements to spruce up the street scene and are working with traders to help instil pride in the area and to support our efforts to keep the street clean and tidy. It’s very exciting to see the development moving forward.”
Work has also just started on the demolition of the flats at Farding Square, in Marsden.
Contractor Owen Pugh is working on site and progressing Phase One of the contract to demolish blocks 1-12, 55-66 and 67-78.
The low -rise blocks are being cleared to make way for a new development of modern, family homes.
Coun Tracey Dixon, a ward councillor, said: “These flats are now well past their ‘sell-by’ dates with people expecting so much more from modern living.
“I know local people are really excited to see these new family homes go up in their place, which will provide a real boost for the area.”
It is anticipated the demolition work will take about seven weeks to complete.
Meanwhile work is well under way at the former Be Modern factory in Western Approach.
The fireplace, fires, stove, bathroom and bedroom furniture manufacturer, left its operating base last year, and is now located on a 500,000 sq ft site at Kingsway, on Jarrow’s Bede Industrial Estate. The building, now owned by company Travis Perkins, has been stripped back to its steel girders.