The South Shields 365 plan proposes a radical town centre redevelopment with a new retail quarter in the Fowler Street West area. The scheme will create a new cinema, library, retail and leisure facilities as well as a quality hotel and new housing. The Council is also working with Nexus to bring improvements to the Metro system along with a new transport interchange.
In the past the town has had three distinct areas – the seafront, town centre and Riverside – and South Shields 365 will bring these assets together to make it a place of year-round cultural, leisure and retail activity.
A new cultural centre, 'The Word', opened in October 2016. The three storey, circular building overlooks the town’s refurbished Market Place and incorporates a library and digital media space as well as a computer gaming area, an immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café and a rooftop terrace providing stunning views over the river.
Plans have been approved for a new transport interchange, which will provide a striking point of arrival into South Shields for both residents and visitors, and a number of sites in the wider town centre have been earmarked for leisure purposes.
The first phase library and digital media centre, 'The Word', is BREEAM Excellent - meeting the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, procurement, construction and operation.
We are working closely with local people to deliver physical regeneration, a new community hub and improved amenities.
We are making a major investment to bring jobs and growth to South Tyneside.
The Word - Best Public Service Building
LABC Northern Regional Awards 2017
The Word - Best Regeneration or Restoration Award
Living North Awards 2016