Work is due to start later in the summer to return the North Marine Park to its original Victorian heritage. This will also include new features, with support from a £2.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF).
Preliminary works got underway earlier in the year, with construction expected to begin construction in August. As work will be carried out in phases, the park remains open for visitors.
Councillor John Anglin, lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “North Marine Park is a jewel in the Borough’s crown and an important part of our cultural heritage. For more than a century it has been a favourite spot for local people and visitors and our commitment to restoring it will ensure that this beautiful, calm haven will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The work will involve creating better links with Littlehaven Promenade and improving the area around the Lawe Top, which is North Marine Park’s highest point and offers an incredible viewing platform for the coastline, harbour and mouth of the river.
A new themed play area will also be introduced and will reflect the Borough’s maritime links and Roman heritage. Work will also see Esh Construction help to restore the park’s original features, including the grotto and the grand promenade staircase. Also planned are improvements to the park’s open areas, lighting, seating, footpaths and bowling area.
Ross Markwell, Head of Business Development at Esh Civils North East, said: “It’s great that Esh has been chosen to work alongside South Tyneside Council to help to restore a key part of history within the borough. The contract agreement shows the strength of our relationship with the council as well as our commitment to improving the area, and will work alongside our current onsite works at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park.”
This is a real milestone and I’d like to welcome Esh who will be working with us to deliver this exciting project. After years of planning, securing funding and developing detailed proposals for the park, our vision for the site is about to start taking shape."