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Hunt starts for firm to run South Shields roof-top restaurant

An artist's impression of The Word, in South Shields.
An artist's impression of The Word, in South Shields.

The hunt is on for a restauranteur to take on a new roof-top restaurant in South Shields.

Newcastle chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall has been appointed to market a new café-bar and roof-top restaurant opportunity at a new state of the art library and digital media centre in South Shields.

The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, will be the jewel in the crown of the £100million regeneration of South Shields, which aims to improve links between the town centre, Riverside and Foreshore and create stronger connectivity to the area.

Sanderson Weatherall is offering an established restaurateur the opportunity to take a full repairing and insuring lease on the venue’s roof-top restaurant, at a proposed rental commencing at £55,000 per annum.

The 3,315 sq ft restaurant will be provided to shell specification ready for fit-out and incorporates covered space and an outdoor terrace. A fully-fitted commercial kitchen is also included.

A 1,300 sq ft ground floor café with a generous external terrace is also offered with the same lease terms at a proposed rental starting at £20,000 per annum.

The project by Muse Developments in partnership with South Tyneside Council will bring an extended cultural offer to South Tyneside. The Word will mix tradition and technology under one roof offering a unique experience for both residents and visitors to the town.

Facilities in the three-storey building will include conference and meeting rooms, performance space and a retail area. Construction works on the site began in April 2015 with completion expected by autumn 2016.

Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council, said: “The Word is a key focal point of our South Shields 365 regeneration plan, which will boost the appeal of the town as a year-round visitor destination.

“A new café and a rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views of the area will offer both visitors and local people a unique dining experience and enhance the cultural offer in the town.”

The news comes after a day after the council announced plans for a new supermarket in South Shields town centre, as part of the regeneration, had been delayed.

For further information on the café and restaurant space available, interested parties should contact Robert Patterson at Sanderson Weatherall on 0191 269 0105 or visit www.sw.co.uk