12 Feb 2016

Spanish City Plans Unveiled

Full planning approval and listed building consent applications have been submitted to North Tyneside Council to bring the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside back into functional use.

This landmark development will sympathetically restore and transform the now derelict Grade II listed Edwardian seaside pleasure building into an exciting and vibrant visitor destination that will also make a significant contribution to North Tyneside Council’s plans for the £36 million seafront transformation of Whitley Bay.

ADP is part of the team, led by Mott MacDonald, who has been appointed by North Tyneside Council, to undertake design work for Spanish City in support of a Heritage Lottery Fund Round 2 bid that was submitted in December 2015. Working with the proposed operator, Kymel Trading Ltd, the design team have created proposals that respect the cultural and historical significance of this much loved building.

In its hey-day, Spanish City was visited by thousands of people from across the UK until it fell into disrepair and eventually closed in the 1990s. The original 1910 historic features that were lost in the 1970s will be reinstated and on the promenade elevation, this includes repairs to the first floor loggias, which are located either side of a three storey central block supporting the Rotunda. Once open to the elements, these loggias will be enclosed with glass so that they can be used all year around. The original double height space of the Rotunda will be reinstated and Cupolas that once sat on the three storey towers either side of the Rotunda will be rebuilt. This will enable the original copper Terpsichorean female figures or ‘dancing ladies’ to be returned to their rightful position on top of the Cupolas.

To maximise lettable space, four new extensions are proposed at either end of the building. Informed by the recommendations in the Conservation Plan, these are contemporary in design so as not to mimic the original building. Copper perforated cladding panels are proposed to complement the material of the dancing ladies on top of the towers.

External landscaping, designed by Place on Earth, will provide a pedestrian friendly and secure environment that will eventually connect Spanish City with the wider proposals in the Whitley Bay Seafront masterplan.

Procured via the SCAPE framework the design team will now be appointed by Robertson Construction to develop the detailed design and take the scheme through until completion. It is hoped that subject to a successful HLF bid, works will start on site in late Summer 2016. 

Chris Holmes ADP director said: “ADP is delighted to be involved in the plans to regenerate Spanish City. The building is such a familiar landmark and holds many happy memories for the people of Whitley Bay and the north east, so it’s a very exciting opportunity for us, to help bring this unique building back to its former glory".