South Shields £5million seafront revamp wins national award

The Littlehaven prom at night
The Littlehaven prom at night

South Tyneside's stunning seafront has won a prestigious national award.

The £5million Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields has been named Best Urban Regeneration Project at the Brownfield Briefing Awards, which recognise "technical and conceptual excellence."

The completed scheme

The completed scheme

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This is a fantastic accolade. To be recognised on the national stage is a real feather in the cap for Littlehaven and all those parties who played a role in making the Littlehaven project a reality.

“It is gratifying that that our efforts to create a vital flood defence scheme which at the same time, has created an attractive and cultural public space, has been measured against its peers and emerged as the best in the country.”

The Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project has already won a number of regional awards including Infrastructure Project of the Year and overall North East Project of the Year in the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards 2015. Last year it was named the best scheme in the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East Robert Stephenson Awards and it took the crown in the Infrastructure category at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) North East Renaissance Awards.

The scheme was funded by South Tyneside Council, Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and delivered by a team including contractor Galliford Try Civil Engineering, engineering consultants Royal Haskoning DHV, landscape architects Oobe and Balfour Beatty Living Places.

The scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne's South Pier.

The existing beach was widened and the new promenade and seawall created to take account of the latest projections for the impact of climate change. Other features include the installation of bespoke public art works, landscaping, seating and state-of-the-art lighting.