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Old October 29th, 2010, 06:37 PM   #61
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Current progress on the BT office building, as viewed from the ferry to Amsterdam:
What did you think of Amsterdam, enjoy it?

Also, good news about the carbon negative homes in South Shields, thanks for posting that one NH! It'll be interesting to see them once they're done. PV is a great investment now that the Feed-In Tariffs are in place (which pay you a rather profitable amount per unit of electricity you feed into the national grid, at huge expense to the government).
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I really liked it. I stayed in Utrecht and went to rotterdam and the hague and loved those cities as well. The whole redevelopment of the Ijhaven area is a good example of how things could be done in newcastle, especially the discovery or stephenson quarter. With a few exeptions the designs aren't anything spectacular but everthing is well built using quality materials.

If anything though the approach to the North Shields ferry landing is better than the equivilant at Ijmuiden with an interesting mix of old and new (you can even see the roman fort on the lawe top). The redevelopment of north shields and the harton staiths area could turn this area into a really impressive introduction for foreign visitors to the UK and desserves more attention than it's getting.
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Utrecht's lovely, with the double level canals etc. The view from the Dom tower on a clear day is stunning! The Hague's quite interesting and Rotterdam is an architectural playground, although I'd say that for every development that has been a success, there's a total failure next to it. Still, interesting place and the old parts (just outside the centre) are really beautiful.

If you get over the Amsterdam again, make sure you visit the IJburg. A huge area of totally man-made land (bigger than the islands to the NE of central station with some great housing designs. Well work the short tram ride/cycle.
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More on the carehome story.



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Protest-hit care home 'will create 210 jobs'

An artist’s impression of how Deneside Court could look.

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01 November 2010
By Terry Kelly
A £3m care home development opposed by residents will create more than 200 jobs, it was revealed today.
Careline Lifestyles is set to flatten the former Deneside Catholic Club at St Joseph's Way, Jarrow, and create a 40-bed unit for adults with neurological, learning and physical disabilities.

The scheme sparked a major protest from residents and parents of children at a nearby primary school over safety.

But Careline Lifestyles say the unit, to be called Deneside Court, will benefit service users and create employment for about 150 contractors and sub-contractors, plus 60 permanent jobs when the home opens.

There was joy among campaigners when the care home scheme was rejected by councillors in May, after fears about people with drink and drug-induced injuries being treated at the home.

But joy turned to dismay when an appeal by Careline Lifestyles was later upheld by the Planning Inspectorate.

Now the company behind the scheme has been given the green light, and demolition work at the former club could start in March, with the new care home set to open a year later.

Careline Lifestyles said it is keen to "build bridges" among the community and stressed that only a small proportion of service users at the unit will have problems acquired through drink or drugs. Plus, the company stressed that many South Tyneside people will benefit from the state-of-the-art care facilities at Deneside Court.

But a spokesman for campaigners against the scheme said: "This is not a closed case. In terms of the agreement for this scheme, the only guarantees are for a small number of jobs and then only for the construction period."

It is not yet known if campaigners plan to appeal against the care home decision.

A company spokesman said: "Deneside Court will provide a much-needed, high-quality service within South Tyneside for those with neurological, learning and physical disabilities. This will create employment for a large number of people, including 150 contractors and sub-contractors during demolition and building, as well as at least 60 permanent jobs within the home.

"We are committed to employing people from South Tyneside, including nurses, physiotherapists, carers, domestic and administrative staff.
"We know that Deneside Court will be a valuable asset to the community, and we look forward to establishing links with local people."

A company spokesman revealed it has already had inquiries from people looking for work at Deneside Court .

The two-storey care complex will include a hydrotherapy pool, cinema, sensory room, gymnasium, computers and holistic treatment room.
Hundreds of people from the Fellgate and Hedworth estates attended a public meeting about the care scheme earlier this year, most voicing their opposition.

After the appeal by the applicants was upheld by the Planning Inspectorate, campaigners issued a statement saying: "We truly believe that this development will have a detrimental impact on the existing community."

But planning inspectors concluded South Tyneside Council "acted unreasonably" in refusing planning permission for the unit, which could open by Easter 2012.

The Planning Inspectorate said: "While the residents' concerns are understandable, and I note the presence of schools and other facilities for children and elderly people in the area, I have read nothing which persuades me that the proposal would present a material risk to the community, that it would result in a reduction in property values or that any significant problems would be likely to arise from the home residents."

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South Tyneside Council appear to be getting a little bit annoyed with Tesco dragging the Hebburn redevelopment out.

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DEVELOPERS are being invited to throw their hats into the ring to kick-start ambitious regeneration plans for a South Tyneside shopping centre.
Frustrated councillors recently admitted they were "back to the drawing board" after they pulling plug on talks with retail giant Tesco over much-delayed £50m revamp plans for battered Hebburn town centre.

But now South Tyneside Council is launching fresh talks with other developers to get the massive regeneration plans back on track.

A meeting of Hebburn community area forum yesterday decided that Coun Eddie McAtominey should take part in each and every meeting relating to the town centre makeover.

The meeting was told that talks have opened with Asda and one other shopping group about plans to create new stores and social facilities in the outmoded 1960s centre.

Coun McAtominey, who has backed the revamp plans since day one, said: "It seems like nothing new has happened since the last time we met and we seem to be stagnating.

"People have supported us loyally, but even they have limited patience. We have got to keep our foot on the pedal with this one."

Council bosses withdrew from talks with Tesco after several deadlines came and went, and growing frustration over the consortium's apparent lack of progress.

Rick O'Farrell, the council's head of enterprise and regeneration, told the forum that good progress is being made with moving tenants out of the maisonettes at the back of the shopping centre, ahead of demolition of the poor-quality properties.

He added that while Tesco seemed to have "gone to ground", the council was involved in talks with several retail companies, adding that Asda and one other operator are "keen to do something".

Coun McAtominey said Hebburn shopping centre was simply not good enough, adding: "It wasn't good when it was built, but it's worse now.

"We have to keep the pressure on for the people of Hebburn."

Coun Alan Kerr said: "If Asda wants to get involved, they
have got to give us a timescale,

and a small supermarket is no good."

Asda recently announced details of a store scheme, set to create 120 jobs, but town councillors are pressing for a much bigger development, including a social regeneration element.

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Old November 2nd, 2010, 06:00 PM   #66
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Work on the new Morrisons store (former Asda) is underway and should be open by the end of the month.

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Morrisons on the site of the old Asda store.

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Published Date: 02 November 2010
WORK on South Tyneside's latest supermarket is almost complete ahead of its expected opening later this month.
Morrisons signs are up on the former Asda building in Ocean Road, South Shields, and shelves – although empty – have been put up in the store.

The new site is set to create up to 250 jobs, and although no official date has been set, the new store is expected to be open for business in about three weeks.

Morrisons – the UK's fourth-largest supermarket chain – took over the building in the summer and have put themselves in direct competition with Asda, which moved to a bigger site in Coronation Street.

The new store will include fresh food counters, including butchers, bakers and fishmongers, and has been welcomed as a boost to town centre trading.

Almost 1,400 people applied for one of the 250 jobs when they were announced in the Gazette in August.

Speaking after Morrisons bosses revealed their plans, Coun Michael Clare, lead member for jobs, enterprise and regeneration at South Tyneside Council, said: "We are delighted to welcome this investment from Morrisons, which is a vote of confidence in South Shields. The fact that 250 jobs are on their way is great news.

"Morrisons is a high-profile, successful, big-brand business, and we look forward to it opening its doors."

Morrisons also has a major store in Jarrow town centre.

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Old November 2nd, 2010, 06:18 PM   #67
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Found these photos I took of hebburn town centre in 2005. It's obviously bad, but more in the sense of a town centre that's been allowed to decay to the point where demolition is perceived as the only option. Whoever the new developer is, the situation will be repeated. We'll get a cheap and nasty town centre that will need to be knocked down and rebuilt in a couple of decades. I can't imagine asda will have any different approaches to urban renewal than tesco.





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Old November 2nd, 2010, 06:23 PM   #68
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Since I came back from London in 1998 I reckon I've been into Hebburn town centre once to pick up some details from an estate agent there.

It was so depressing that I've never been back.
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Every time I go through Hebburn I look up to see if the old Reyrolle building is still there. This time, it very nearly wasn't:







I would like to point out that that's a flock of birds on the first photo and not flying debris!

Here's a photo of the buildin in happier times: (2005)

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The last of Hebburn’s Reyrolle building is coming down.

THE final part of an iconic building in South Tyneside is just about to bite the dust.
Very little now remains of the Reyrolle office complex, off Station Road, Hebburn, which has been under demolition for months.

Work to flatten the former home to 200 civil servants, which has towered over Hebburn town centre since the 1960s, is due to be completed this week.

Coun Joe Abbott, for the Hebburn North ward, who has followed the demolition process closely, said: "I thought it would be late November or early December before the whole building was done, so I'm glad the structure should be flattened by the end of this week.

"There have been problems for residents in Glen Street, plus Tharsus Engineering, because of dust from the site, and there could be more issues with dust once the crusher machine is moved for all the demolished material from the building. But while the Reyrolle building has been a blot on the landscape, it is also a little sad to see another part of old Hebburn disappearing."

The office block once housed hundreds of staff from the Department of Work and Pensions, and an ultimately fruitless campaign was launched to retain the staff and the building.

But after standing empty for several years, the Reyrolle complex was hit by vandals, and police even issued a warning after youths were spotted on the roof of the 100ft complex.

Coun Abbott added: "I think there could be issues with dust for a local old folk's home, plus St Aloysius View and St Michael's Vale, once the crusher machine starts.

"It's something we will have to keep an eye on."

Hebburn photographer Kevin Blair snapped the final stages of the big demolition programme this week.

Work on demolishing the building also involved removing asbestos.
There were additional complex safety and transport issues because of the close proximity of the Metro and mineral railway lines to the Reyrolle complex.

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Old December 7th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #71
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We take first look at emergency care centre
December 7th 2010, by Helen Rae, Evening Chronicle



Health reporter Helen Rae was given a behind-the-scenes tour of an emergency centre that is set to enhance patient care when it opens its doors to the public.

A new emergency care centre is set to benefit patients in the region.

South Tyneside District Hospital’s new Emergency Care Unit (ECU) will officially open its doors to child and adult patients next Wednesday, marking the second phase in a £8m investment programme.

It will provide state-of-the-art facilities and it is the first time the hospital has had the ability to treat child emergency cases in a separate environment to that of adult patients.

Youngsters will be looked after from arrival by an expert children’s team in an area with five specialist assessment rooms, three beds, a specialist paediatric resuscitation area and a laboratory housing a top of the range microscope.

Derek Curry, clinical business manager for women and children’s services, said: “It is very exciting that the emergency care unit is about to open.

“Children enjoy being in a child-dedicated environment and this is an important aspect of the new unit as it caters to their every need.

“Youngsters will be seen by a senior clinical team, enabling them to move through the system quickly and enhance their quality of care.”


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Hospital architecture is rubbish. It always starts with one large building and then expands by adding on single storey extensions and portacabins until the site becomes a baffling sprawling mess. South Tyneside is no exeption and the A&E/outpatients wing is an extension to the main building which was built in the 1980's I think (to 60's designs). I'm not sure if that wing was built at the same time as the main block or not. The new cardiology department was a nasty looking extension to the outpatients block around 2005.

The new A&E shown above includes a new facade with the fancy glass rotunda thing along with a white wall with vague art deco elements. Behind the facade is the original A&E/outpatients extension. The main entrance to the hospital has been given a similar facelift, as has the early 20th century geriatric ward across the road. Everything is branded with the trust's "Choose" logo, meaning "choose us for your healthcare needs as apposed to other NHS hospitals in the area". It's in the trust's best interest that patients "choose" south tyneside because they get more money. This is why NHS funds that should be spent on patient care - staff, drugs, equipment etc. are being spent on building facades and corporate branding nonsense like this. So you'll get to see this fancy looking entrance to the A&E department before joining the queue for a long wait to be actually treated, due to staff shortages. It's absolutely scandalous, but thoroughly typical of the way hospitals are run these days.
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South Tyneside council is selling off land to fill the budget deficit.

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By Terry Kelly
SOUTH Tyneside Council is planning a major sale of buildings and land as the cash-strapped authority tries to balance its books.
Senior borough councillors will be asked to declare nine sites within the borough 'surplus to requirement' when they meet on Wednesday.

The sales will potentially net the council millions of pounds as it faces up to a £35m budget cut over the next year. And today a council boss pledged that any money raised will be ploughed back into the authority's coffers to help retain and maintain services.

The sites include the former Adult Training Centre in West Walpole Street, South Shields, the old Suffolk Street Register Office in Jarrow, a former garage site in Hardie Drive, Boldon, and land at Fountains Crescent, Hebburn, on which another garage once stood.

A former library in Sunderland Road, South Shields, a disused cemetery chapel and store at Boldon Cemetery, Dipe Lane, Boldon, are among the other areas on the list.

In a report to be considered by the council's cabinet, members, will be informed the authority is seeking "optimum value" for the land and buildings, with the sales being vital if some council schemes are to proceed on schedule.

The report adds: "Failure to complete the sale of the properties identified could result in schemes in the capital programme, for the next financial year and following years, being delayed as capital receipts are critical to enable them to proceed.

"The disposal of these buildings and sites will provide value for money, as they will reduce the council's maintenance liability and running costs."

Today, Coun Jim Perry, the council's lead member for environment and transport, described the sell-off as a "win-win situation".

He added: "For example, take the Suffolk Street Register Office, which has been closed for years.

"There have been lads getting in there and causing havoc for local residents.

"By selling it off, we will be killing two birds with one stone.

"The money raised will go into the council's general funds, and we will be looking for the best prices for the land.

"Any nonsense bids will be rejected out of hand."




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South Tyneside Council playing games with Asda it would appear.

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Asda’s new store was opened with a parade in May 2009. The supermarket giant had an agreement, now lapsed, with the council that their former Ocean Road premises, pictured below, would not go to another food retailer.

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A SUPERMARKET giant's legal bid to stop a rival operating an 'unwelcome' store at its old base in South Tyneside has fallen on deaf ears.
Asda took South Tyneside Council to the High Court over an alleged breach of an agreement that prevented its former Ocean Road store in South Shields, being used as a food outlet.

But when the ownership of the site changed hands, the agreement had 'lapsed', it emerged at the High Court in Leeds this week.

Morrisons then moved onto the site – located just 600 yards from rival Asda's new £20m supermarket in Coronation Street – and opened in November last year.

Now Asda's attempt to seek a judicial review against the council's decision to allow Morrisons to trade there has been quashed.

And giving his judgement, Judge Peter Langan QC said the local authority was within its rights to allow Morrisons to open the store.

After weighing up arguments on construction of the agreement, and delay in the matter being brought to court, Judge Langan found against Asda, adding: "It follows that the application for permission to proceed with the claim must be refused."

Reopening the Ocean Road store was hailed as a boost to the town when Morrisons took possession.

Before moving, Asda made an agreement with the council that the site should be earmarked for leisure.

But when Morrisons leased the site from new owners, Wilson Bowden Developments, last year, it was understood this no longer applied.

The new Asda opened its doors in a blaze of glory in May 2009.

Coronation Street star Katherine Kelly was invited to open it, and a parade was staged between its old site and the new supermarket.

Speculation grew over the future of the site Asda left behind, amid claims a "shopping void" had been created, now seemingly filled by Morrisons.

A spokesman for Asda said: "We are disappointed. Our intention was to ensure South Tyneside Council complied with an agreement we reached with them about how our former store can be used.

"We are continuing our dialogue with the council on this very important issue."

South Tyneside Council declined to comment on the case. Morrisons were unavailable for comment.

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And as we all know, ASDA always play by the spirit of the law... Serves them right.
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By PAUL KELLY
Published on Wed Jan 26 13:57:27 GMT 2011

MORE than 100 jobs are to be created after plans for a £5m eco-friendly South Tyneside business park were revealed today.

The green light has been given to transform part of the former Circatex factory at Eldon Street in South Shields.

Up to 41 office and workshop units will form the ‘Green Incubator’ on part of the brownfield site, providing workspace and business support for new and growing firms in the low carbon and environmental sectors.

It is due to open in June 2012, with 95 construction jobs expected to be created in developing the 30,000 sq ft site. The three-storey building will incorporate state-of-the-art environmental energy systems and will be one of only a handful in the country to meet the highest environmental standard. The project is part financed by the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) competitiveness programme 2007-2013, securing £2.46m through regional development agency One Northeast. Match funding is being provided by South Tyneside Council.

Coun Michael Clare, lead member for jobs, enterprise and regeneration, said: “This will make a significant contribution to our efforts to place South Tyneside at the forefront of the green industrial revolution.”

Lesley Calder, head of Europe and Skills at One Northeast, said: “The project will help steer business growth and employment opportunities towards the South Shields area.

Robertson, the infrastructure, support services and construction group, based in Hebburn, is carrying out the works and will start building in May.

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artist's impressions of the Pier Parade leisure centre proposed for South Shields
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Published on Thu Feb 03 17:00:00 GMT 2011

COUNCIL bosses hope a “competitive” construction market will help cut costs on a new £16m swimming pool and leisure complex on South Shields seafront.

The development at Pier Parade moved a step closer last night, when councillors moved forward in the process of appointing a contractor.

The centre will incorporate a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating, a fitness and aerobics suite, a learner pool, educational facilities and public meeting area.

South Tyneside Council chiefs see the project as vital to the future of leisure facilities in the town – particularly with Temple Park Centre facing an uncertain future. Coun Joanne Bell, lead member for innovation, safer and stronger communities, told cabinet members that the current “competitive” construction industry could offer financial savings to the cash-strapped authority, which faces £35m of cuts over the next year.

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Looks like this one is definitely a project that will go-ahead.

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Not a bad location for a swimming pool. I think there was an open air swimming baths down there in the past. At present, you really need to go to the sunderland aquatics centre or hebburn for a decent swim these days. The temple park pool is more of a pleasure pool.
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I'll be devestated if the swimming pool goes in the cuts. I'm seriously considering moving to S.Shields if/when I move back to the N.East and this was one of the big boons for me. I think it's a great location and will do a lot for the town and especcially it's tourist trade. I didn't realise it was at risk because of the cuts.

Saying that they're talking of closing one of York's only 2 swimming pools due to cuts at the moment, both are out in the sticks too. For a city of 180k people to have just 1 small pool is shocking. I think Newcastle has something like 9!
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