Spanish City

ADP has been appointed by North Tyneside Council to provide all architectural design services for the repair, renovation and regeneration of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay. 

The Spanish City is a collection of Grade II listed seaside pleasure buildings and grounds built in 1910. Located on the seafront, they remain a symbol of Whitley Bay’s civic history. 

In its hey-day Spanish City attracted thousands of people from across the UK until it fell into disrepair and eventually closed in the 1990s. 

The Hennebique reinforced concrete used to construct the dome was innovative for its time but has started to crumble. 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.




North Tyneside Council


Whitley Bay









In progress


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