Schoolchildren unveil artwork at £4m housing scheme in South Shields

From left to right, head girl Lauren Kinson, 10, South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ken Stephenson, Karbon Homes vice-chairman David Butler and head boy Charlie McNulty, 11, officially open the new �4million Staithes development in South Shields.
From left to right, head girl Lauren Kinson, 10, South Tyneside Mayor Coun Ken Stephenson, Karbon Homes vice-chairman David Butler and head boy Charlie McNulty, 11, officially open the new �4million Staithes development in South Shields.

Artistic youngsters in South Tyneside have shown off their handiwork after opening a new £4million housing development.

Year six pupils from St Peter and Paul RC Primary School joined the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ken Stephenson, to open The Staithes, in Tyne Dock, South Shields.

It is wonderful to think about the pleasure residents and visitors will get from the artwork for many years to come

Maria Butt

The Staithes, off Lord Nelson Street, is on the site of the former St Mary’s Primary School and the adjacent St Mary’s Centre.

The Karbon Homes scheme features 31 two and three-bedroom homes and six two-bedroom bungalows for older residents.

All homes are now fully occupied, with the work having been completed earlier this year.

Year five pupils at St Peter and Paul RC Primary School were asked to create artwork for the scheme, and they used the history of the docks and shipyards in South Shields as their inspiration. A piece of artwork was created to act as an entrance feature.

St Peter and Paul RC School headteacher Maria Butt said: “Our children have greatly enjoyed the new experiences this project has enabled them to access, from working with an artist, visiting Port of Tyne to seeing their artwork in situ at The Staithes housing development. It is wonderful to think about the pleasure residents and visitors will get from the artwork for many years to come.”

Karbon Homes vice-chairman David Butler said: “This is a fantastic scheme which provides a mix of modern, affordable homes for families and older residents. I would also like to thank Coun Stephenson for coming along to officially open the scheme and to the children of St Peter and Paul RC School who have been a delight to work with. The artwork they have designed for each home and at the entrance of the development is brilliant – they should be very proud of themselves.”