18 Jul 2018

Spanish City Restoration Work Complete

The Grade II listed building, built in 1910, has been restored to its former glory and is now expected to become a major attraction in the North East.

North Tyneside Council has invested more than £4m in its sympathetic restoration project and secured grants of £3.47m from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and more than £2m from the Coastal Communities Fund.

We worked with construction company Robertson on the renovation works, using historical images and drawings as reference where original details had been lost.

The famous dome’s original features have been reinstated on the promenade elevation, including the first floor loggia terraces, which are located either side of the central arcade, have been fully rebuilt to reflect the original proportions. The new extensions provide additional facilities and support areas.

The loggia terraces of the seafront-located building have been enclosed with glass so that they can be used all year around, making it ideal for the thousands of visitors that are expected to visit the new site.

Visitors will see the central rotunda and gallery space returned to its former glory for the first time in 100 years thanks to the removal of the inserted first floor.

Kymel, the new operator of Spanish City, has been inspired by the venue’s rich history and the needs and wants of both residents and visitors to the area. New leisure facilities including family-friendly restaurants, fine dining, tearooms, event spaces and a champagne bar will provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the venue.

The refurbishment to Spanish City is part of the wider changes taking place along the seafront as part of the council’s £36 million Whitley Bay Seafront Master Plan, aimed at making the area even more attractive to visitors, residents and businesses.

Norma Redfearn CBE, Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, said: “When I became Mayor one of the first commitments I made was to not give up on the dome.

“It’s been a long time coming but I am absolutely delighted that it has finally been restored to its former glory and we can now start a new chapter in the rich history of this truly iconic building.

“Robertson and ADP have done a fantastic job in ensuring a sympathetic restoration that stays true to its history while looking firmly to the future and have delivered a high-class venue.

“We can now look forward to getting Spanish City open again at last and celebrating an exciting future and we wish the operator Kymel well – this is something unique that we can all be proud of and the heart is well and truly back in Whitley Bay.”