Sea Change, South Shields

The objective of the project was to undertake the regeneration of one of England’s seaside resorts, investing in arts, public space, cultural assets and heritage projects.

The regeneration work carried out at South Shields Sea Front was a tremendous £2million transformation jointly-funded with a £1million contribution from South Tyneside Council and matched by the Government’s Sea Change programme.

The work undertaken, was carried out between February 2010 and October 2010 and involved improvements to the foreshore and promenade including high quality designs in paving with over 1000m3  of coloured concrete with exposed aggregate finishes and “ribbons”, extensive areas of granite cobble paving, seating, lighting, art and sculptures.

Areas were also created to allow performances to take place throughout the year for theatre, buskers, dance and artists. When not used by performers these spaces will be used as outdoor classrooms for educational visits and community and voluntary groups.

The scheme, supported by improvements to Sea Road, makes the whole stretch from South Marine Park to Ghandi’s Temple a more pedestrian friendly area.