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Spanish City

ADP’s multi award-winning Spanish City project centred on the redevelopment of a collection of seaside pleasure buildings and grounds built on the seafront of Whitley Bay in 1910. The large rotunda hall with an ornate dome was the centrepiece of the building; the dome was Grade II listed in 1986.

Over the years, the building was reduced to a state of disrepair and unsympathetic modifications: a number of historical features were lost, and the building lay empty for over 20 years. The regeneration of Whitley Bay and Spanish City is part of a wider strategy to regenerate the whole of North Tyneside’s coast.

ADP was appointed to undertake the Planning & Listed Building Applications, as well as supporting the local authority with a Heritage Lottery Fund and Heritage Enterprise submission. A series of options and financial appraisals were required to ensure the scheme was financially viable, while respecting the building’s original footprint. The refurbishment has been inspired by the venue’s rich history and the community in which it’s located, providing new leisure facilities, family-friendly restaurants, a fine dining champagne bar, tearooms and event spaces. The external areas and the Empress Gardens have been re-landscaped to provide a setting for Spanish City and the wider community.

The refurbishment work and the landscaping work to the new public plaza and main promenade commenced in September 2016 after the National Lottery grant had been secured. Over 10,000 visitors came to the opening of the building in July 2018, reflecting the importance of the building to the local and wider community.

 


 


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DETAILS

CLIENT:

North Tyneside Council

LOCATION:

Whitley Bay

STUDIO:

Newcastle

TYPE:

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Refurbishment
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Listed

VALUE:

£10m

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STATUS:

Complete

AWARDS:

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