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20 Dec 2017

Dancing ladies back on top of Spanish City Dome

The copper statues, which have graced the top of the Grade II listed building for over a century, were taken down temporarily in May, and have now been reconditioned as part of the £10m regeneration of the building designed by ADP. The tower top cupolas which were removed in the 1960s have also been re-created and once again provides the correct proportion and detail.

The restoration comes after a £3.47m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) a £2.2m Coastal Communities Grant and is a key part of North Tyneside Council’s Seafront Master Plan, which includes £36m of new investment and is aimed at breathing new life into the coast.

The Dancing Ladies were placed atop two new cupolas that were fitted the same day, as work at Spanish City took another step towards completion.


Chris Holmes said: Fantastic to see the cupolas and Dancing Ladies installed today back into their rightful positions at Spanish City in Whitley Bay! It's a real milestone for the project and its regeneration.             
                          
Norma Redfearn, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, said: I would like to congratulate the team at Robertson for their efforts in safely returning the Dancing Ladies to where they belong – on top of the iconic Spanish City Dome.
             
“I am delighted to see the statues back and, like many people, I am really excited about further upcoming milestones as this important project nears completion and the Dome is open for the residents of North Tyneside and the wider public once again.”

The first phase of work to Spanish City Dome will be completed by spring 2018.

Photograph above (Spanish City Dome at night) by Michael Bailey

                              

 

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