WORK has started at the Market Place in South Shields as work starts on a new town library and digital hub.
Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland, were appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse to undertake the construction of the complex – to be known as The Word.
Construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, is the first phase of the wider redevelopment of South Shields town centre as part of the council’s £100m 365 masterplan.
The 365 plan aims to transform the town, increasing the shopping and leisure on offer as well as improving the way people travel to, from and around town.
The building will provide a library and interactive exhibition space, which aims to not only provide a home for local writing talent, but become a real community hub for the people of South Tyneside.
As well as the construction of a three-storey building near Ferry Street on the Riverside, this phase of the redevelopment will also see improvements made to the adjoining Market Place and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays.