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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 14/05/13

5 days on from my post of 09/05/13 and work is nearing completion with the demolition on Wouldhave House by Owen Pugh (Contracts) and I took these photos on Tuesday 14/05/13 at approx 1045 to show state of progress at that time (hosted on Photobucket)











The view across the ongoing Foreshore Work to the site that was once Wouldhave House



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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 17/05/13

3 days on from my last post of 14/05/13 and work is almost at completion with the demolition on Wouldhave House by Owen Pugh (Contracts) and I took these photos on Friday 17/05/13 in period approx 1045 - 1115 to show state of works at that time













This to go soon as hand excavation has taken place at base



The building used to be like this on 02/02/12



and this, screen print of Google Map aerial view image



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"Another one bites the dust"

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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 22/05/13

5 days on from my last post of 17/05/13 and work is almost at completion with the demolition on Wouldhave House by Owen Pugh (Contracts) and I took these photos on Wednesday 22/05/13 in period approx 1045 - 1100 to show state of works at that time













The Green "Arch" pictured in earlier post has now gone



The view from the ferry landing



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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 20/06/13

Work almost at completion following the demolition on Wouldhave House by Owen Pugh (Contracts) and I took these photos on Thursday 20/00/13 approx 1000 to show state of works at that time - topsoiling and removal of site hoardings taking place (images hosted on Photobucket)





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AN infamous South Tyneside eyesore has been obliterated from the borough’s skyline.

Work on demolition of Wouldhave House has been completed bang on schedule by contractors Owen Pugh.

Hoardings which have been around the site for 14 weeks have now been removed giving public views through to the riverside.

The 1960s-built office complex was widely recognised as an architectural blot on the landscape.

And now it’s gone, the council can push ahead with establishing a new central library and community hub on the Market Place site, just one element of the ambitious South Shields 365 masterplan.


Read more: http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/south-shields-eyesore-is-now-a-distant-memory-1-5811728
 

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South Shields 365 - £100m revamp work begins with demolition of Wouldhave House, as at 09/07/13

Hoardings which have been around the site for 14 weeks have now been removed giving public views through to the riverside.
Not on 09/07/13 AM when I took these pictures (hosted on Photobucket)





Assume there for next development on the site

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Plans unveiled for a new-look South Shields town centre

From today's Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/south-shields-town-centre-revamp-7184062

Plans unveiled for a new-look South Shields town centre
May 29, 2014 00:01 By Ian Robson


South Shields Town Centre Redevelopment. The proposed new Central Library and Digital Media Centre

South Shields’ new-look town centre could include a paved plaza, library and state of the art media hub to create ‘a sense of belonging’, designers have said.

South Tyneside Council, in partnership with Muse Developments, hope a £100m plan will change the face of the town.

A public consultation where plans will be made available for the first time will take place on Thursday June 5 and Saturday June 7 at the central library in Prince George Square.

David Wells, Development Director at Muse Developments, said: “The sense of community is second to none and the new library and transformation of the Market Place will provide excellent platforms on which the community can thrive. The space will be mixed use with new retail opportunities as well as cultural and learning spaces with facilities for community groups and organisations of all ages to enjoy.”

Travel and leisure will also form part of the plan which will take ten years to complete.

Read more @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/south-shields-town-centre-revamp-7184062
 

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South Shields town centre set for massive overhaul as initial plans for £100m redevelopment revealed

From today's Chronicle Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/south-shields-town-centre-set-7223783

South Shields town centre set for massive overhaul as initial plans for £100m redevelopment revealed
Jun 05, 2014 16:15 By Alex Finnis



Ambitious plans for the initial stages of a huge £100m redevelopment of South Shields town centre have been revealed.

Phase one will see a new central library and digital media centre built near Ferry Street on the Riverside, with improvements also being made to the adjacent Market Place. Eventually, the goal is to transform the whole town centre, to make South Shields a place where people want to spend both time and money, said David Wells, development director of Muse Developments, the company in charge of the development. Mr Wells said: “The main reasons we are redeveloping here is because there is a lot of potential in South Shields. We’ve found that in similar towns we’ve worked on that once the first stage is out in the public realm it has a ripple effect of the rest of the town and will start encouraging others to come.”

A consultation was held yesterday in Prince George Square, giving the public the opportunity to discuss the town’s future with developers, and also catch first sight of pictures and a scale model.

Work could begin as soon as January next year on the plans which will aim to improve “all aspects of community life”, from shopping and leisure to transport links and technology. Muse Developments said that 20 years from now, South Shields will be “an attractive and vibrant town, recognised nationally as a place where people will choose to live, do business, visit and spend their holiday time, one where the quality of life and place will attract investment and which has a range of services and activities, which are second to none.”

South Tyneside council leader, councillor Iain Malcolm, expressed his excitement at the future of the town and said: “Our vision for South Shields town centre is to make it a place of year-round cultural, leisure and retail activity for residents, businesses and visitors. We recognise the need to offer an experience that people cannot get on the internet or at out-of-town retail parks. The initial phase of our plan directly addresses these issues by providing an innovative multimedia centre equipped with the latest technology and community facilities, which will be a destination for our residents and visitors to the borough.”

The overall project is expected to last a decade, but it is hoped this first stage will act as a trigger in attracting more people.

See image gallery @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/south-shields-town-centre-set-7223783
 

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Ice rink will be part of South Shields town centre revamp

I read that headline and thought, blimey, that';s an interesting move, perhaps a new Tyneside Ice Hockey Team, but alas no, its not that sort of ice rink :eek:hno:

From yesterday's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/business/ice-rink-will-be-part-of-south-shields-town-centre-revamp-1-6657416

Ice rink will be part of South Shields town centre revamp

5th June 2014


ON SHOW ... a model of the South Shields 365 town centre vision

PLANS for an ice rink were today revealed as part of the first stage of a £100m South Shields town centre masterplan.

A model of the proposed new £10m Central Library and Digital Hub and the £2m Market Place redevelopment took centre stage as those behind the ‘South Shields 365’ vision gathered to discuss plans with the public.

And architects involved with the scheme say a portable ice rink, to be located in the Market Place at certain times of the year, forms part of the plans.

He said: “The area could stage seasonal events, we could bring in seasonal markets and different sorts of leisure events, such as small concerts and ice skating, with a rink possibly on the southern section of the square. The way we have designed it, that area will become a real multi-use space, so we can bring things on and off it. We particularly wanted to enhance the market and we’ve introduced a new permanent shelter in there for the market stalls, with power and water. We will also be reorganising the flow of vehicles around the space to make it much more pedestrian-friendly. We’re looking to keep the same amount of market stalls but what we feel strongly is that market stalls should not be left on site all the time. They need to be taken off site so that spaces are made available for events and recreation and other activities that South Tyneside Council can bring into the town to make it a real active presence. Currently when the market is not operational the stalls are left in place which means it becomes a bit of a ghetto, really, and there is no activity in that place.”

Work is expected to start on the Market Place redevelopment at the beginning of next year and should be complete within two years.

Read more @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/business/ice-rink-will-be-part-of-south-shields-town-centre-revamp-1-6657416
 

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365 masterplan could be held up for years

Unwelcome news from today's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/365-masterplan-could-be-held-up-for-years-1-6703412

365 masterplan could be held up for years
1st July 2014


VISION of future ... a model of the new library and digital hub which will form part of the South Shields 365 masterplan. Below, economic regeneration director David Cramond.

IT could take up to six years for town hall chiefs to buy up all the properties needed to make the South Shields 365 masterplan a reality, a new report reveals.

South Tyneside Council launched its ambitious £100m vision for the future of the town centre at the beginning of last year. The decade-long project involves the demolition of large swathes of the town, from Market Place through the town centre to Fowler Street and beyond. The ambitious blueprint includes plans for a new central library and digital hub on the site of the former Wouldhave House office complex, a cinema and restaurant in Chapter Row, and new transport hub and retail area at the rear of Fowler Street.

The council needs to acquire 120 land and property interests within the town centre, with about 40 of those on freehold or long leases. The current target timetable for acquiring all the remaining 85 property interests is by 2017, but due to the complexity of some of the cases, it might take six years for all matters to be resolved. In the event of such negotiations failing, the authority will consider using compulsory-purchase powers.

Members of the council’s cabinet will be given a progress report on those talks by David Cramond, the authority’s director of economic regeneration, tomorrow. Mr Cramond will tell them he fears that the cost of the masterplan might go over budget – and be delayed – because of difficulties in acquiring property. He says: “The cost of the acquisitions cannot be finalised until all the acquisitions have been made, so there is a risk that costs may exceed the budget. Delivery risks include delays to acquiring properties and, therefore, the commencement of construction for the integrated transport interchange and also the commercial phrase.” In his report, Mr Cramond adds: “The regeneration of South Shields town centre will create additional retailing, leisure and community opportunities. This will drive footfall, bolster the local economy and provide for a vibrant and sustainable town centre for the benefit of South Tyneside residents and the borough. The council has been actively seeking to acquire all outstanding third-party interests by negotiation. Our focus has been on freehold interests initially in order that the council can then acquire the interests of tenants and assist with their relocation in town.”

An application for the first phase of the 365 vision, the library and digital hub, will be submitted to the council’s planning committee later this month.
 

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First look at plans for South Shields 365 regeneration phase one

This from the Journal website 11/07/14 at 13:39

Muse Developments submit masterplan for the multi-million pound development for the Central Library and Digital Media Centre

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Artists impressions showing the new Central Library and Media Centre

Muse Developments was selected last year to deliver South Tyneside Council’s ambitious South Shields 365 masterplan over a five to ten year period.

The firm, which has offices in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London, is best known in the North East for its transformation of Newcastle’s Quayside, including the creation of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which was completed in 2002, when the firm was part of Amec.

Plans for the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre and improvements to the adjacent Market Place have been submitted and land for the development site is being assembled, while new drawings compiled by artists show how the three key areas will look.

Muse Developments has now submitted a planning application for a new iconic Central Library and Digital Media Centre on Ferry Street on the Riverside and improvements to the adjacent Market Place, which will form Phase 1 of the regeneration.

It is anticipated that the application will be heard by the Council’s Planning Committee in the autumn and if permission is granted, work on site could start early in the new year.


Full article on http://www.thejournal.co.uk/business/business-news/south-shields-365-regeneration-phase-7408481

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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.


Full article on http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/heritage-chiefs-oppose-plans-for-10m-south-shields-365-landmark-1-6850132

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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.


Full article on http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/heritage-chiefs-oppose-plans-for-10m-south-shields-365-landmark-1-6850132

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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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Regeneration proposals before planning committee

From South Tyneside Council's News and Press Releases website page on 23/09/14, http://www.southtyneside.info/article/22926/Regeneration-proposals-before-planning-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/article/9015/Search-planning-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.”

Read more @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/decision-imminent-plans-south-shields-7838111
 

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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.


Full article on http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/library-lynchpin-of-100m-masterplan-gets-the-go-ahead-1-6867156

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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.


Full article on http://www.southtyneside.info/article/22966/First-Phase-of-South-Shields-Transformation-Gets-the-Green-Light

Red text highlighting of start date by myself

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Heritage group won’t fight £10m library plan

From yesterday's Shields Gazette @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/heritage-group-won-t-fight-10m-library-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.”

Read more @ http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/local-news/heritage-group-won-t-fight-10m-library-plan-1-6869004
 

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Central Library and Digital Media Centre |South Shields|4fl|Approved

Following a request from a member this thread has been set up separately to the existing South Shields 365 Town Centre Masterplan thread to deal with matters specifically to do with the new Central Library and Digital Media Centre.

Postings in respect of the Central Library and Digital Media Centre will be copied over shortly.
 
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