North Tyneside Council is seeking an architect for a £2 million overhaul of St Mary’s lighthouse and visitor centre in Whitley Bay
The project will regenerate the Grade II-listed landmark which closed 32 years ago, restoring the structure, improving the visitor centre and delivering new toilets, an internal lift, an exhibition space, a viewing platform and a new shop.
According to the contract notice: ‘The authority is seeking an architectural designer to provide a design team to develop the initial proposals for the lighthouse and former keeper’s cottages on St Mary’s island at Whitley Bay to RIBA Stage 3.
‘Phase 2, covering RIBA Stages 4 to 7, will only proceed if the authority is successful in obtaining a Heritage Lottery Funding stage 2 bid.’
The 46m-tall tower features 137 steps to the top, and was constructed on a tidal island north of Whitley Bay in 1898, replacing an earlier 11th-century monastic chapel which featured a lamp to warn passing ships of hazards.
The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1984 and is now accessible to the public at low tide. It currently houses a small museum, visitor’s centre, and café.
The overhaul – scheduled to complete in 2019 – is one element of the council’s £36 million Whitley Bay Seafront Masterplan, which aims to regenerate the historic seaside town.
ADP submitted plans for a £10 million restoration of Whitley Bay’s Grade II-listed Spanish City Dome visitor attraction earlier this year as part of the masterplan.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 10 November.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
The Council of the Borough of North Tyneside
Cobalt Business Park
Tel: +44 1916435657