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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:18 AM   #41
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Work to start on new £100m library and digital media centre in South Shields



SOUTH Tynesiders have been given a glimpse of the future as artist’s impressions show how the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre could look.

The three-storey building will form the first part of the £100m South Shields 365 project, which aims to transform the town centre over the coming years.

As well as a library, the new building, located next to the Market Place, will also feature an IT suite, exhibition space, a café and a rooftop restaurant and terrace.

It is also planned to have a “pier” walkway and viewing gallery on the first floor that will allow people to look out across the Tyne.
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Digging into the past to make way for future

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South Tyneside Council is delving into the past this week as it looks ahead to the future.

Archaeological digs are underway in South Shields' market place ahead of plans to transform the town as part of the 365 masterplan.

Machines will be excavating to around two metres deep in four trial locations to check if there are items of archaeological value on development sites.

Archaeologists will be present throughout the digs to advise on any finds.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "This is another milestone in the masterplan's progress.



Cllr John Anglin with archaeologist Matthew Jones, of Pre-Construct Archaeology

"It was a condition of planning permission that we carry out these excavations. The locations have been decided in consultation with archaeological experts and these tend to be in areas where we will be digging more deeply once construction work starts, such as where the foundations for the new market canopy will be.

"We've been in contact with market traders and local retailers to advise them about the work, but disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum."

The Market Place will still be open for business as usual while the digs are ongoing.

The council and its development partner Muse will shortly be announcing the contractor appointed to carry out the construction of the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre.

Preliminary works have been ongoing for several weeks to prepare the site for work starting.


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Digging up South Shields’ past will pave way for its future

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...ture-1-7062700
Digging up South Shields’ past will pave way for its future
21st January 2015


DIG IT ... Coun John Anglin with archaeologist Matthew Jones, of Pre-Construct Archaeology.

ARCHEOLOGICAL digs are under way to make sure South Tyneside’s future doesn’t damage its past.

The digs, part of the planning process, are required in South Shields’ Market Place ahead of plans to transform the town as part of the council’s £100m 365 masterplan for the town centre. Machines will be excavating to a depth of around two metres in four trial locations to check if there are items of archaeological value on development sites. Archaeologists will be present throughout the digs to advise on any finds.

Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy at South Tyneside Council, said: “This is another milestone in the masterplan’s progress. It was a condition of planning permission that we carry out these excavations. The locations have been decided on in consultation with archaeological experts, and these tend to be in areas where we will be digging more deeply once construction work starts, such as where the foundations for the new market canopy will be. Disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.”

The council and its development partner, Muse, will also soon be announcing the contractor appointed to carry out the construction of the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre. The Market Place will still be open for business as usual while the digs are ongoing.

Preliminary work has been under way for several weeks to prepare the site for work starting. Archaeological investigations have already been completed on the former Wouldhave House site. Trial holes have been hand-dug to locate utilities and topographical, drainage, noise and ecology surveys have been carried out.
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Old March 5th, 2015, 09:56 AM   #44
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‘The Word’ – Name revealed for new South Shields library and media centre

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...ntre-1-7138941
‘The Word’ – Name revealed for new South Shields library and media centre
By Verity Ward, 5th March 2015

SPREAD ‘The Word’ as that’s going to be the name of South Tyneside’s new library and digital media centre. The facility, which is part of the £100m regeneration of South Shields town centre, will be built in the Market Place,

The three-storey building’s name will be revealed today as part of World Book Day.

Coun John Anglin, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Everything that people love about the current library – fantastic books, great staff, thriving community groups – will remain, but will be housed in a superb state-of-the-art building, which will incorporate the very latest in digital technology. Here in South Tyneside we can count one of the country’s truly great authors, Bede, among our literary talent – and we want to build on that literary legacy. This will be a cultural institution which will celebrate the written word in all its forms – past, present and future.

“We want The Word to stimulate creative ideas, and develop a legacy of ICT and literacy skills, especially among youngsters. This really is going to be an iconic building, which, as the centrepiece of our South Shields 365 regeneration plan, will draw people into the town centre and give it a new lease of life. We are confident that The Word will not only be a facility that residents, young and old, will love and value, but will attract people from far and wide.”

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Old March 6th, 2015, 01:49 PM   #45
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South Shields' new library and digital centre is christened The Word

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South Shields' new library and digital centre is christened The Word
11:30, 6 March 2015 By Tony Henderson


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A centre which will celebrate a literary heritage from the Venerable Bede to Catherine Cookson will be known as The Word.

The new library and digital media centre in South Shields Market Place which will be focal point of the £100m regeneration of the town centre.

Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “The borough’s tradition of writing stretches right back to Bede, who was one of this country’s truly great authors and scholars. The Word will marry the traditional library with a superb 21st Century digital environment, reflecting the fact that the written word comes in so many different forms these days, from screen plays to social media. It will not only be a fantastic facility for residents, but will put South Tyneside on the map as a vibrant culture and leisure destination 365 days a year. Coun Malcolm said: “This is going to be a landmark building which will inject renewed vitality into the town. We are confident that it will attract people from across the region and beyond and drive footfall into the town centre. For children and young people in particular we hope that The Word will stimulate creative ideas, foster a love of writing and develop computer and literacy skills in the region.”

The centre will offer a range of facilities including exhibition space, computer gaming area, design and ‘innovation studio’ with 3D printers, digitised archives, meeting rooms, children’s immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café and a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing views over the river.

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Old March 6th, 2015, 02:03 PM   #46
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What a very imaginative name...
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Old March 6th, 2015, 09:44 PM   #47
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I like it. I'd prefer 'Words' better tough, but The Word is modern and catchy.
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Building contractor to be appointed to create £100million 365 vision for South Shields town centre

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...ntre-1-7151965
Building contractor to be appointed to create £100million 365 vision for South Shields town centre
12th March 2015



A KEY decision is expected tomorrow which should enable the South Shields 365 masterplan to finally start becoming a physical reality. An urgent behind-closed-doors meeting of senior South Tyneside councillors is to be staged at the Quadrus Centre on Boldon Business Park.

Members of the council’s cabinet will be asked to give consent for its development partner, Muse, to appoint a building contractor for the first phase of the hugely-ambitious £100m project. That will enable work to start on a new central library and digital hub – which the council revealed last week will be to known as The Word – on the former Wouldhave House site at South Shields’ Market Place.

If permission is granted tomorrow, the council has confirmed that work on the site will start “before the summer” – although no specific date has yet been set. It is believed the identity of the successful contractor should be made public before the end of March.

A cabinet report cites “commercial reasons” for tomorrow’s meeting being held without members of the public or press in attendance. It states: “This is a private item of business which is also a decision of special urgency. The chair of the council’s Place Select Committee has agreed that this item is urgent and cannot reasonably be deferred to the next cabinet meeting. The press and public will be excluded from the meeting because the meeting will be considering a report that contains exempt information. The report contains information about the business and financial affairs of the council and their development partner. The commercial sensitivity of the information is such that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.” The new, three-storey central library and media hub forms the first part of the 365 project, which aims to transform the town centre over the coming decade.

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Old March 13th, 2015, 07:51 PM   #49
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South Tyneside are doing a good job. They seem to be making a point of building good quality public buildings, with decent budgets and architects. I genuinely think it'll pay dividends.
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Work set to get underway on centrepiece of South Shields 365 revamp as contractor is revealed

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...aled-1-7177609
Work set to get underway on centrepiece of South Shields 365 revamp as contractor is revealed
26 March 2015

THE name of the contractor which will be responsible for bringing The Word to South Shields has today been revealed. Bowmer and Kirkland has been appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse to undertake the construction of the town’s new library and digital media centre.

A national contractor with a regional base in Sunderland, it has undertaken many projects in the North East. They include Quadrus at Boldon, the new Trinity Square in Gateshead and various buildings at Cobalt Business Park in North Tyneside.

Construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, is the first phase of the wider redevelopment of South Shields town centre as part of the 365 masterplan. The 365 plan will transform the town, increasing the shopping and leisure on offer as well as improving the way people travel to, from and around the town.

The Word will provide a library and interactive exhibition space which aims to not only provide a home for local writing talent, but become a real community hub for the people of South Tyneside. As well as the construction of a three-storey building near Ferry Street on the Riverside, this phase of the redevelopment will also see improvements made to the adjoining Market Place and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays. Work is set to begin imminently, with the aim of the building being open to the public in late 2016.

Coun John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bowmer and Kirkland on to our exciting regeneration project. They are a locally-based company and their appointment will help create job opportunities for people across the region and use local subcontractors wherever possible. We’re confident Bowmer and Kirkland will deliver the high-quality build the town deserves, which will help maximise its potential.”

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Old April 15th, 2015, 08:16 PM   #51
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Work on preparing the site for "The Word" has now commenced.

A couple of photos of the site on 1st April:






Some photos taken at lunchtime today:










As I work for the library service, I am not permitted to write anything which has not been publicly disclosed, but hopefully I'll still be able to provide photos of the site throughout the construction.

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Work starts to create ‘The Word’ library and digital hub in South Shields town centre



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WORK has started at the Market Place in South Shields as work starts on a new town library and digital hub.

Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland, were appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse to undertake the construction of the complex – to be known as The Word.
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A week since my previous posting, here's some photos taken this lunchtime showing how the work is progressing.









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15 days on from my last post, these photographs taken at lunchtime today show progress in the preparation work for the building of the Word. Much of the site is now surrounded by a high wooden fence, but fortunately there are some areas where the fencing work has not yet been completed.












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‘"The Word" library and digital hub, Market Place, South Shields town centre - progress pictures 07/05/15

Following up on Andy's (hesychast) recent posts with pictures here are the first pictures of the project taken by myself Thursday 07/05/15 approx 1245 - 1300 from around perimeter of the site area, through vantage points that still exist, (where solid plywood hoarding not in place) so as to show progress on scheme by main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and subcontractors

Excavation taking place, piling rig and concrete pumping equipment on site and work being carried out on road to river side of development

Site on other side of road now fenced off and being used for storage of removed topsoil etc





















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Drilling work begins for South Shields’ new library hub

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...-hub-1-7264138
Drilling work begins for South Shields’ new library hub
16th May 2015


TALKING POINT ... Drilling at South Shields Market Square.

SOUTH Shields’ skyline has been dominated by a huge “helter skelter”-style drill this week. The piece of equipment has proved a talking point for people in the town’s Market Place in recent days.

The drill is a piling rig being used on the construction site of The Word, the town’s new library and digital hub. It is being used by contractors Bowmer and Kirkland, who were appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse, to undertake the construction of the complex. It has been drilling big holes that will be filled with concrete to make the foundations for The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word.

The work represents the first phase of the wider redevelopment of South Shields town centre as part of the council’s £100m 365 masterplan. 365 aims to transform the town, increasing the shopping and leisure on offer as well as improving the way people travel.

The building will provide a library and interactive exhibition space, which aims to not only provide a home for local writing talent but become a real community hub. As well as the construction of a three-storey building near Ferry Street on the Riverside, this phase of the redevelopment will also see improvements made to the adjoining Market Place, and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays.
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Some photos taken around 4.15pm on Monday 18th May of the site of "The Word", with the piling rig the most prominent feature.



















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Construction of new community hub in South Shields set to pick up pace

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/c...pace-1-7373369
Construction of new community hub in South Shields set to pick up pace
By Paul Kelly - 23rde July 2015


The site of the new library and digital hub near Ferry Street, South Shields.

Construction of a new £10million library and digital hub on South Shields riverside will pick up pace early next month, a regeneration boss has revealed.

Months of work to prepare the site, near Ferry Street, for the building of the three-storey structure is almost complete. And at the start of August a tower crane will move onto the site to allow the construction of the building to progress.

The Word, as it will be known, is the first major stage in the ‘South Shields 365’ £100million masterplan to transform the town over the next decade and beyond. Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland were appointed by South Tyneside Council and developer Muse to undertake the construction of the complex, which will provide a library and interactive exhibition space, which aims to not only provide a home for local writing talent, but become a real community hub for the people of South Tyneside.

This phase of the redevelopment will also see improvements made to the adjoining Market Place and a new 40-space car park on vacant land at Harton Quays.

Next week, David Cramond, the council’s corporate director of economic regeneration, will update members of the full council on the progress of the town vision. In a report to the committee, he says: “A tower crane is due on site at the start of August to allow construction of the superstructure to progress. Bower and Kirkland started on site in early April. Bulk earthworks and piling work to the building are complete. Pile cropping, pile cap foundation, ground beam and under slab drainage work is ongoing. Concrete core walls and columns are also progressing. The Word will host exhibitions of regional and national significance and will be fully equipped with digital technologies, while still retaining the benefits of a traditional library. This will become a new hub for community and cultural activity in South Shields.”
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Towering new arrival will change South Shields’ skyline

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...line-1-7378759
Towering new arrival will change South Shields’ skyline
By Paul Kelly Monday 27 July 2015

A towering new arrival is to change South Shields town centre’s skyline for the rest of this year. An imposing tower crane will be brought to the town next weekend to enable construction of The Word, the North East Centre for the Written Word, a three-storey structure in Ferry Street which will incorporate a library and digital hub.

The crane will service the site during the main superstructure build which takes place over the next six to eight months. It will be constructed on Saturday and will require a temporary road closure on Ferry Street, from the roundabout junction at Church Way to The Landings building. The road will be closed from 5.30am to 7pm to allow the site tower crane to be erected using a large mobile crane located on Ferry Street. Traffic diversions will be in place throughout the closure and resident access to The Landings and Alum Ale house will be maintained via River Drive approach only. Crane testing will be carried out on Sunday between 8am and 4pm.

This will be contained within the confines of the construction site for The Word and will not affect any vehicle or pedestrian movements.

Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said work on The Word was on schedule, adding: “The arrival of the crane marks a major milestone in the project and the start of the main superstructure build. Construction of The Word is right on schedule. Delivery of the South Shields 365 town centre masterplan will help to cement South Shields as a year-round tourist destination.”
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"The Word" library and digital hub, Market Place, South Shields town centre - progress pictures 01/08/15 Part 1 of 3

Here are further pictures of the project (over 3 posts) taken by myself Saturday 01/08/15 approx 1000 - 1045 from around perimeter of the site area, through good vantage points that have been provided in plywood hoardings, so as to show progress on scheme by main contractor Bowmer & Kirkland and subcontractors

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