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08 Dec 2016

ORIGINAL VOLUME OF SPANISH CITY ROTUNDA REINSTATED

New photographs reveal how the rotunda inside the Spanish City Dome has returned to its magnificent splendour – for the first time in more than a century. 

The sympathetic restoration project designed by ADP will bring the iconic seafront landmark in Whitley Bay back into use as part of North Tyneside Council’s £36m Seafront Master Plan. 

The first milestone reached in the project saw the removal of the first-floor ceiling, which was installed shortly after the Dome first opened in 1910 - opening up double height space from the bottom to the top of the building. 
The original blueprints for the Dome were drawn up in the early 20th Century by Newcastle-based architects Cackett and Burns Dick.  

Since purchasing the building in 2001, the council has carried out £3m of essential structural repairs to the exterior to make it wind and water-tight. 

The project also involves recreating many original features which have previously been lost and adding new modern extensions at either end as well as a new rear entrance. 
 
The Spanish City restoration comes after North Tyneside Council successfully secured £3.47m of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The council has invested £4m and also secured a Coastal Communities Fund grant of more than £2.5m.

For more information about the Seafront Master Plan, and to watch an aerial film showcasing the regeneration,

visit http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/category/642/coastal-regeneration

 

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