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Old September 19th, 2014, 01:10 PM   #101
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Heritage chiefs oppose plans for £10m South Shields 365 landmark

From Shields Gazette website 19/09/14

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LISTED BUILDING ... the Old Town Hall in South Shields Market Square.

A NATIONAL heritage group is opposing a planning bid for a £10m central library and digital media hub in South Shields – amid fears over its potential negative impact on one of the town’s historic buildings.

Later this month, the council’s planning committee will consider an application for the ambitious complex on the site of the former Wouldhave House office complex, in the Market Place, South Shields.

The three-floor building is the first part of the local authority’s £100m ‘365’ masterplan to rejuvenate the town over the next decade and beyond.

But English Heritage, the body which protects and promotes the nation’s most historic sites, has spoken out against the plan.

It fears the design of the new library and hub is at odds with the Market Place and would detract in particular from the historical significance of the Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1768 and is the only secular Grade I listed building in the borough.

Now the organisation is calling for planning permission in its current form to be refused when the committee meets in South Shields Town Hall from 10am on Monday, September 29.

Despite the objection, the committee will be recommended to push ahead with the project, on which building work is earmarked to start early next year.


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From Shields Gazette website 19/09/14

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LISTED BUILDING ... the Old Town Hall in South Shields Market Square.

A NATIONAL heritage group is opposing a planning bid for a £10m central library and digital media hub in South Shields – amid fears over its potential negative impact on one of the town’s historic buildings.

Later this month, the council’s planning committee will consider an application for the ambitious complex on the site of the former Wouldhave House office complex, in the Market Place, South Shields.

The three-floor building is the first part of the local authority’s £100m ‘365’ masterplan to rejuvenate the town over the next decade and beyond.

But English Heritage, the body which protects and promotes the nation’s most historic sites, has spoken out against the plan.

It fears the design of the new library and hub is at odds with the Market Place and would detract in particular from the historical significance of the Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1768 and is the only secular Grade I listed building in the borough.

Now the organisation is calling for planning permission in its current form to be refused when the committee meets in South Shields Town Hall from 10am on Monday, September 29.

Despite the objection, the committee will be recommended to push ahead with the project, on which building work is earmarked to start early next year.


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Madness. The market 'square' will still remain, there's just going to be a different shaped building on the perimeter. I'm glad the planners have seen sense and recommended it for approval.

Would it have been recommended for approval if it were a private venture? I doubt it.

This is the site layout from the journal article that been posted earlier.



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Old September 23rd, 2014, 11:48 AM   #103
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Regeneration proposals before planning committee

From South Tyneside Council's News and Press Releases website page on 23/09/14, http://www.southtyneside.info/articl...ning-committee

South Tyneside Council's Planning Committee will next week consider an application for an iconic new building which would form the first phase of a £100m masterplan.

The Committee is due to deliver its decision about a proposed Central Library and Digital Media Centre in South Shields town centre on Monday.

The building, which would be built on Ferry Street, on the Riverside, as well as improvements to the adjacent Market Place, is a key component of the South Shields 365 regeneration plans.

A new 40 space car park would also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the work.

The application, which was submitted in June, will be heard following a long period of public consultation about the proposals. If approved, work is scheduled to begin on site early in the New Year.

To view the planning reports, visit http://www.southtyneside.info/articl...g-applications

and then search under reference numbers ST/0651/14/LAA and St/0649/14/LAA.


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Decision imminent on plans for South Shields' 18th Century Market Square

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Decision imminent on plans for South Shields' 18th Century Market Square
Sep 26, 2014 11:56 By Tony Henderson


An artist's impression of the proposed library in South Shields Market Place

A decision is imminent on a major development for a Tyneside town’s 18th Century market square.

On Monday South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will consider an application for a new central library and digital media centre on the western edge of South Shields market square. The bid has been submitted in conjunction with an allied application, from the council and its development partner Muse Developments, for the refurbishment of the market square.

The library building would occupy the site of the former three-storey Wouldhave House. As well as the digital media centre, the circular library building would include educational and community facilities, a ground floor cafe and 100-cover rooftop restaurant on the fourth floor. At the rear of the building would be three glazed floors known as The Lens, looking out over Ferry Street and the River Tyne. The front of the building would have what is described as a “modern interpretation of a classic portico,” lit by uplighters to create a sense of arrival. The building would be screened by terracotta fins which spread apart like the fanned pages of an open book.

English Heritage has objected because of concerns that the circular building would harm the Grade I listed Old Town Hall, which dates from 1768 and was designed to sit centrally in the market place. English Heritage fears that the “strong edge” of the market square which has existed since the 1760s will be lost.

Planners, who are advising backing for both applications, say: “While accepting that there is a degree of harm to the significance of the Old Town Hall as a result of the impact the proposed building has on its setting, this harm is defined as less than substantial and can be balanced against the public benefit associated with the proposed development The need to provide a building that will transform the existing space and act as a catalyst to the regeneration of the town is an important public benefit along with the benefits that arise from the opening up of the historic route and views between the riverside and the town centre.”

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Old September 27th, 2014, 10:56 AM   #105
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Riddicks Shoe shop could become a new art gallery

Previously covered in posts 98 & 99 on this thread

This from Shields Gazette website on 27/09/14



A FORMER shoe shop is in the frame to become a new public art gallery for South Tyneside, the Gazette can reveal.

Family footwear retailer Riddicks closed earlier this year after more than 120 years in South Shields town centre.

The shop, in Fowler Street, is a name synonymous with shoes.

But now it could be about to undergo an identity change with the council looking to convert it into a public arts space, according to a source within the local authority.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said it was unable to conform or deny the art gallery plan – but had earlier confirmed that the distinctive building was to be retained, despite plans to bulldoze a large swathe of other buildings around it as part of the £100m ‘365’ masterplan to revitalise the town centre.

If an arts facility gets the go-ahead, it would fill a cultural gap in the borough.


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Old September 29th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #106
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Library lynchpin of £100m masterplan gets the go-ahead

From Shields Gazette website 29/09/14


APPROVED ... an artist's impression of the new library and digital hub in South Shields Market Place.

PLANNING approval was today granted for the first stage of a £100m masterplan to revitalise South Shields town centre.

Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for a £10m central library and digital media hub on the site of the former Wouldhave House office complex in the Market Place.

Approval came despite an objection from English Heritage, the body which protects and promotes the nation’s most historic sites.

It said the circular design of the building, by Muse Developments, is at odds with the Market Place, and would detract in particular from the historical significance of the Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1768 and is the only secular Grade I-listed building in the borough.

The move marks the launch of South Shields 365 - a hugely-ambitious vision to rebuild the centre of the town over the next decade and beyond.

Plans for the new building include a rooftop restaurant providing seating for 100 diners, a viewing area on the south side of the building and a perimeter walkway.


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Old September 30th, 2014, 11:22 AM   #107
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First Phase of South Shields Transformation Gets the Green Light

Following on from the last post this from the South Tyneside Council website on 29/09/14



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Plans for the first phase of the £100m regeneration in South Shields were given the go-ahead today after being approved by South Tyneside Council's planning committee.

Development partners, Muse Developments, one of the country's leading names in urban regeneration, and South Tyneside Council have now been given the green light to begin actual construction on Phase One of regeneration plans that will transform South Shields Town centre.

The first phase of development in the £100m "365 Master Plan" will include the construction of a new Central Library and Digital Media Centre near Ferry Street on the Riverside as well as improvements to the adjoining Market Place. A new 40 space car park will also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the works.

Following consultation with local residents, businesses and interested parties the planning application was submitted in June 2014 with a view to transforming South Shields town centre. Work on the new development will begin early in 2015 with the aim of the building being open to the public in the middle of 2016. Further consultation will take place with businesses and market traders over the next few months in the run up to starting on site.


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Heritage group won’t fight £10m library plan

From yesterday's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/l...plan-1-6869004

Heritage group won’t fight £10m library plan
30th September 2014

ENGLISH Heritage has said it WON’T put any obstacles in the way of South Shields’ planned £10m central library and digital hub.

Its concerns were overruled yesterday by South Tyneside Council as plans for the first stage in a £100m masterplan for South Shields town centre were rubber-stamped. The planning committee endorsed the creation of the new central library and digital hub on the former Wouldhave House site in the town’s Market Place. The council’s development partner Muse Developments is now due to start work on site in the new year. The decision marks the first stage in an ambitious 10-year plan – named South Shields 365 – to revitalise the town centre over the next decade.

But the library’s design did not find favour with English Heritage, which protects and promotes the nation’s most historic sites, which spoke out against the plan. It fears the circular design of the new library and hub is at odds with the Market Place and would detract in particular from the historical significance of the Old Town Hall, which dates back to 1768 and is the only secular Grade I-listed building in the borough.

Coun Gladys Hobson, Labour councillor for West Park, described English Heritage’s contribution as “only an opinion”. She said: “English Heritage is entitled to its opinion but at the end of the day it is only an opinion. I am very excited about our 365 vision. From the riverside and from the other side of the river this is going to be a very attractive building. This building is going to attract visitors into South Tyneside. It’s an exciting development both inside and out. We need to get away from the Soviet-style square blocks that we had in the dark days of the past – and I never heard English Heritage complaining about them.”

A spokesman for English Heritage said the body will NOT be invoking its right to call in the committee’s decision to the Secretary of State. He added: “English Heritage supports efforts taken to regenerate the Market Place in South Shields and is happy to continue to engage in any such discussions to this end. We are happy with the principle of redeveloping this site, but believe the current scheme to be a missed opportunity to do so in a way that is respectful of its historic context. Whilst we agree the scale of the building is appropriate, and the reinstatement of Dean Street a clear benefit, the circular form of the proposed design doesn’t provide the defined edge that is so important to the square and the setting of the Grade I-listed Town Hall. Like anyone else, including members of the public, English Heritage has the power to ask Secretary of State to call in the decision, but we do not plan to do this in this situation.”

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Old October 23rd, 2014, 09:42 AM   #109
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Old Gazette building will be flattened next week

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WORK to flatten one of the most prominent buildings in South Shields town centre as part of a £100m regeneration masterplan is to begin next week.

Demolition of the Shields Gazette’s former home in Chapter Row starts on Monday.

It will make way for a new cinema and leisure complex which forms part of the council’s ‘South Shields 365’ vision.
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Are there any actual plans yet (other than the circular market square building) or is it all just demolition at the moment?
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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base begins as part of £100m masterplan

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...plan-1-6942928
Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base begins as part of £100m masterplan
9th November 2014


COMING DOWN... The office block will make way for a cinema and leisure complex

DEMOLITION work has started on one of the most prominent buildings in South Shields town centre.

Work to flatten the former Shields Gazette offices in Chapter Row, began over the weekend. The move is part of South Tyneside Council’s £100m regeneration masterplan for the town centre and it will eventually make way for a new cinema and leisure complex.

The Gazette building, which was acquired by the local authority in May 2011, dates back to 1910. Durham-based MGL Demolition is carrying out the work which temporarily requires the closure of the southern pedestrian footpath in Chapter Row, from its junction with Keppel Street in a westerly direction for 50 metres, and the Barrington Street northern footpath from its junction with Waterloo Square. The closure is to remain in place for a maximum of six months – or for the duration of the works.

Work has been underway for several weeks to strip the interior of the three-storey building in preparation for demolition. A council spokesman said: “During the closure, an alternative route for pedestrians will be available via the northern footpath of Chapter Row and the southern footpath of Barrington Street.”

The new Shields Gazette office is still at the heart of the borough - at 7 Beach Road, South Shields – directly opposite the Town Hall. Established in 1849, the Gazette is the oldest provincial evening newspaper in the UK. It is now part of Northeast Press, a division of Johnston Press.
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Old November 10th, 2014, 07:25 PM   #112
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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 10/11/14

First 2 screen prints of Google Street View images of the building as it was August 2014





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Old December 3rd, 2014, 01:49 PM   #113
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£7m needs to be found for South Shields transport hub

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...-hub-1-6984333
£7m needs to be found for South Shields transport hub
3rd December 2014


CHANGES PLANNED ... a new bus station would replace the post office on Keppel Street.

A TRANSPORT revolution at the heart of South Shields Town Centre “may not be viable” unless £7m funding is secured, a new report reveals.

Central to a £100m town masterplan is the creation of a Public Transport Interchange. The aim is to build a new town centre bus station on the existing Post Office site, in Keppel Street, which is to be demolished. A direct concourse access would be built from the new bus station to the Metro, with a platform spanning the bridge, and major internal refurbishment to the Metro station itself.

The cost of the project is now estimated to be in the region of £7m. And council bosses remain confident the funding will be secured. But members of the full council will be informed later this week that the whole scheme “may not be viable” unless South Tyneside Council, alongside its partners Nexus and Muse Developments, can provide a successful business case to secure the financial support from the North East Local Transport Body.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “The council is seeking funding of around £7m from the North East Local Transport Body to enable the Public Transport Interchange scheme to progress. This is part of the investment by the Combined Authority into the strategic transport infrastructure of the region to create more and better jobs, sustain economic growth and support the existing and future needs of businesses and residents. The bid has been approved subject to a full business case being submitted.”

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Old December 5th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #114
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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 05/12/14

Following up on post #112 of 10/11/14

This from Shields Gazette website of 05/12/14

Final days of former Shields Gazette office



DEMOLITION work on the former Shields Gazette offices is set to be completed by the end of January, council chiefs have said.

Bulldozers have started pulling down our former office in Chapter Row, which dates back to 1910, as part of the council’s £100m 365 regeneration plan.

Town Hall bosses hope the site will eventually be replaced by a new retail and leisure development.

Internal stripping of the three-storey building has been ongoing for several weeks.


Full article on http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...fice-1-6989541

These pictures by myself Friday 05/12/14 approx 1130 - 1145 showing the state of the building at that time - unfortunately no MGL Demolition Ltd machine action taking place in that period

















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Dozens of buildings to be bought up as part of £100m South Shields regeneration

From Shields Gazette 08/12/14


The former Shields Gazette office is pulled down as part of the regeneration plans.

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COUNCIL chiefs are set to seek Compulsory Purchase Orders in the New Year to make progress with a £100m regeneration of South Shields town centre.

About 120 properties and sites will have to be bought by South Tyneside Council to allow it to press on with its ‘South Shields 365’ vision.

About 40 of those have freehold or long leasehold interests outside its ownership.

A report to the borough council this week read: “As part of the regeneration of the town centre, it is necessary to acquire a significant number of properties in order to assemble sites to facilitate new development.

“Active negotiations are currently in hand for a number of properties.


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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 19/12/14

Following up on post #114 of 05/12/14

Big change taken place in last 14 days with major part of structure now down as can be seen in these pictures by myself Friday 19/12/14 taken at approx 1100



















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Is South Shields 365 masterplan on right track?

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/b...rack-1-7039106
Is South Shields 365 masterplan on right track?
8th January 2015

IT was launched two years ago today in front of dozens of high-profile invited guests.

But today, on the second anniversary of South Tyneside Council unveiling its £100m “365” vision to transform South Shields town centre, the Gazette asks the question: How much of the dream has become a reality?

At the launch, council bosses outlined their masterplan for a wholesale revamp of the town centre, including a new cinema, new library and digital media centre, improvements to Market Square, a new integrated transport Interchange on the site of the current bus and Metro terminal and a major food store at the rear of Fowler Street.

However, the only visual evidence of the changing landscape has been the demolition of Wouldhave House in the Market Place and the former Gazette office in Chapter Row.

Council leader Coun Iain Malcolm refused a Gazette request to discuss progress of the scheme. Instead, it was left to another senior councillor to insist the scheme is on track – saying progress is being made to acquire properties needed to realise the plans, bringing in development partner Muse and getting a £12m low-cost Government loan. The project’s title – ‘South Shields 365’ – reflects the aim of making the town a destination of choice every day of the year. Coun John Anglin, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said much has been achieved in two “intensive years , but accepts that a “lot of hard work” still lies ahead.

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Demoliton of former Shields Gazette base - pictures 08/01/15

Following up on post #116 of 19/12/14

Major part of structure now down as can be seen in these pictures by myself Thursday 08/01/15 taken at approx 1015 - 1030

From metro train entering South Shields metro station (just as the major power outage of the day that caused major problem to the system began)



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South Shields 365 revamp divides public opinion

From today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/s...nion-1-7043154
South Shields 365 revamp divides public opinion
10th January 2015


vision of future ... how the proposed new South Shields Central Library would look.

SOUTH Shields 365 is dividing opinion among residents of the town it is about to transform.

Some are willing to give the ambitious 10-year project to regenerate the town centre the benefit of the doubt. But others feel it is too grand and unachievable.

This week marked the second anniversary of the venture being unveiled, amid much fanfare, at the town’s One Trinity Green. The aims set out included knocking down the 1960s-built Wouldhave House in Market Place and replacing it with a library and digital media hub. Market Place was also to be redesigned, and the Shields Gazette office in Chapter Row was to be demolished, with a cinema and restaurants earmarked for the site. Further down the line would come a new integrated transport hub and major retail outlet, it was revealed.

We headed out onto the streets of the town centre to see if shoppers believed the 10-year vision can become a reality.

Retired waste disposal operator Robert Hall, 78, of Laygate, has examined the plans currently on display at an empty shop unit in King Street, and he was impressed. He said: “I like what I see from the plans. I think the council should be applauded for being so ambitious. I see the market will be covered in part, and that is an excellent idea. That will protect visitors and traders. I am 79 this year, and I would like to see it all done and dusted in my lifetime. I think the end product will be impressive. I just hope they can see it through.”

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South Shields 365 revamp divides public opinion
10th January 2015


vision of future ... how the proposed new South Shields Central Library would look.

SOUTH Shields 365 is dividing opinion among residents of the town it is about to transform.

Some are willing to give the ambitious 10-year project to regenerate the town centre the benefit of the doubt. But others feel it is too grand and unachievable.

This week marked the second anniversary of the venture being unveiled, amid much fanfare, at the town’s One Trinity Green. The aims set out included knocking down the 1960s-built Wouldhave House in Market Place and replacing it with a library and digital media hub. Market Place was also to be redesigned, and the Shields Gazette office in Chapter Row was to be demolished, with a cinema and restaurants earmarked for the site. Further down the line would come a new integrated transport hub and major retail outlet, it was revealed.

We headed out onto the streets of the town centre to see if shoppers believed the 10-year vision can become a reality.

Retired waste disposal operator Robert Hall, 78, of Laygate, has examined the plans currently on display at an empty shop unit in King Street, and he was impressed. He said: “I like what I see from the plans. I think the council should be applauded for being so ambitious. I see the market will be covered in part, and that is an excellent idea. That will protect visitors and traders. I am 79 this year, and I would like to see it all done and dusted in my lifetime. I think the end product will be impressive. I just hope they can see it through.”

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Masterplans have a long life span, so you can't expect to see things happening overnight. They are important and a whole lot better than a random collection of pet projects which can end up in disaster without the bigger picture in mind and I have witnessed it happening in a large town close to where I live (which is not in the North East).

If you also look at this in conjunction with the works at the Foreshore and Riverside Park a lot is happening and I hope that this will do a lot to kick-start further investment in due course. It may not be obvious right now but a lot of work needs to involve "getting the ground ready" to make investment viable. This is what's happening now. I would think that things will start to look different over the next five years.
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