South Shields town centre is currently undergoing the biggest transformation in its history, but what exactly is happening – and what does it mean for residents, businesses and visitors?
Construction on the first phase of the £100m regeneration of South Shields is complete, as part of South Shields 365. This ambitious vision to reinvigorate and bring extra vitality to South Shields town centre was a huge success and has laid the foundation for upcoming phases.
The first phase of development saw the construction of The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word, a new cultural attraction celebrating the written word in all its forms from poetry, screen plays and books, stage plays and songs. The Word is home to the new central library and provides a rolling programme of exhibitions of regional and national significance. This phase of development has also completed much needed improvements to the adjoining Market Place and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays.
The second phase in the regeneration of the town, the construction of a new Transport Interchange in the heart of the town on Fowler Street and Keppel Street, is also complete. Opened in August 2019, the Interchange has created a striking point of arrival into the town centre and brings greater connectivity to the town, linking the Riverside and the Foreshore areas. The Interchange includes a new bus station to bring all the town’s services into the same area making changing buses more straightforward, and links with the relocated Metro station with escalators and lifts to the platform making access easier than the existing station.
Future phases of the regeneration will also seek to improve South Shields’ retail and family leisure offer, further increasing the town’s standing as a year round tourist destination.
The regeneration of the town centre is being delivered jointly by South Tyneside Council and Muse Developments Ltd, one of the country’s biggest names in regeneration.
The ambitious £100m South Shields 365 masterplan will boost the local economy and improve the visitor experience, increase employment opportunities and improve community life in South Shields.
For more information on South Shields’ new Transport Interchange please click here
For more information on The Word visit their website www.theworduk.org