Growing gap in South Shields town centre as demolition work continues on King Street and East Street buildings

Work is progressing on demolition work changing the face of South Shields town centre.

Monday, 3rd January 2022, 4:55 am

A row of empty shops is set to vanish from the town’s main shopping area under a project aiming to pave the way for future development.

Hoardings appeared around the buildings in September 2021, and since then passersby have noticed their brickwork slowly disappearing, leaving a growing gap in the skyline.

Demolition works on East Street, South Shields.

The council said the buildings were being brought down to ‘clear the way for further development’ and specialist contractors MGL will carry out the work.

South Tyneside Council said in the autumn that the demolition project will take around five months to complete, meaning the buildings should have completely vanished by spring 2022.

Cllr Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council, said at the time building work began: “We know that for our town centre to thrive we need to move beyond retail and create a more vibrant environment.

Demolition works in King Street, South Shields.

“We’ve already delivered our multi-award-winning cultural venue, The Word, and our superb transport interchange, as well as significant investment in our ever-popular Ocean Road, and we are continuing to build on these foundations.”

News of work starting comes after contractors announced work was complete on the new Job Centre Plus building, which will house around 65 Department of Work and Pensions staff and provide a range of services.

She added: “In my community priorities set out earlier this year, we committed to supporting our town centres and villages, and creating the conditions for recovery and investment.

“Regeneration is a gradual process, it doesn’t happen overnight, but South Shields is undergoing a transformation and there is a lot to be positive about.

Demolition works in King Street, South Shields.

“We are continuing to create a place where people want to live, learn, work, and visit; which will lead to further community and business investment.”

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Demolition works in King Street, South Shields.

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Demolition works on East Street, South Shields.