Newcastle-based FaulknerBrowns’ £100 million redevelopment of South Shields town centre has been given the go ahead
South Tyneside Council has approved the plans which include a new library and digital media centre and a 40-space car park.
The scheme also features improvements to the public realm, shopping, and leisure facilities, alongside a new transport interchange.
Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: ‘This heralds the beginning of the transformation of South Shields town centre.
‘Our plans will reinvigorate the town centre, attract investment and create a sustainable future.’
David Wells, development director at Muse Developments, added: ‘The next step is the tender process to appoint a building contractor with actual work hopefully beginning early next year.’
‘The development of the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre will create a superb and unique facility for the town whilst the redevelopment of the Market Place will breathe new life into an important South Shields tradition. This is just the first phase of the town’s exciting 365 plan which will link up the town centre, the Foreshore and the Riverside areas.’
Work on phase one, including FaulknerBrowns’ library and improvements to the existing market place, is set to begin in January 2015. The library building is planned to open in mid-2016.