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Images of the new South Shields Central Library and Digital Media Centre unveiled

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After receiving planning approval in September 2014, Muse Developments and South Tyneside Council have unveiled computer generated design images of the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre in South Shields.

The images show the internal set up of the Central Library and Digital Media Centre and give residents an internal view of their new community hub.

Development partners, Muse Developments, one of the country’s leading names in urban regeneration, and South Tyneside Council, were given planning approval for the Central Library and Digital Media Centre in September 2014 following consultation with local residents and businesses. Work on the site will begin in early 2015 and the aim is to have the building open to the public in the middle of 2016.

The internal images, designed by Newcastle based architects FaulknerBrowns, show the entrance, atrium and working area of the new Library as well as the views out over the River Tyne. The Library will also contain cultural and learning spaces available to all community groups and organisations.

The new Central Library and Digital Media centre near Ferry Street on the Riverside is the first phase in a £100m re-generation of South Shields as part of the “365 Master plan”. The first phase of development will also include improvements to the adjoining market place and a new 40-space car park constructed on the vacant land at Harton Quays.

Future projects in the £100million regeneration of South Shields Town Centre will include the development of a new travel interchange in addition to improving retail and leisure facilities. The overall aim of the “365 Master Plan” is to improve community life for all those in South Shields.

David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, commented, “The images of the plans for the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre give the people of South Shields the chance to see how their new facility will look. There is a tremendous community spirit in South Shields and we hope this new hub will provide an opportunity to bring that community together.”

“Seeing the images makes us feel like the project is now coming to life. We are working hard on the tender process with a view to appointing a building contractor and soon after getting the physical build underway. We hope to create a tremendous facility for the people of South Shields, which as part of the overall 365 MasterPlan, will re-invigorate the town centre.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “These fantastic new images really help bring the concept of the Central Library and Digital Media Centre to life.

“It’s exciting to be able to visualise how it will look inside and it’s clear that, once finished, it will be a very striking building that we can be proud of.

“Incorporating good design quality into our ambitious regeneration schemes will ensure they not only look attractive, but are sustainable, easy to maintain and offer value for money for residents.”

Martin Swales, Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council, said: “These architectural images show that the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre will be a truly iconic building both internally and externally.

“I’m confident that it will not only be a fabulous new resource for South Tyneside residents but will also have both a regional and national impact as a visitor attraction.

“The new centre will act as a catalyst for further private sector investment and bring additional footfall for South Shields town centre.”

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