South Shields seafront improvements wins ninth award

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A £5m seafront attraction in South Tyneside has notched up a ninth award.

 The Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall project in South Shields won the medium Scale Project of the Year at the Landscape Institute Awards, where it also won the overall Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation.

 The judges said: “Littlehaven promenade beautifully demonstrates the multiple benefits of landscape architecture.

 “This is an unusual, refreshing response to coastal defence, involving a landward shift in sea defences in the interest of long-term sustainability.”

 South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, Coun John Anglin, said: “Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall has transformed a neglected length of coastline into a popular tourist destination.

 “I am delighted that the scheme continues to be recognised.”

 The Littlehaven scheme involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch between the South Groyne and the River Tyne’s South Pier.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