Client: South Tyneside Council
Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear
OOBE, in collaboration with landscape architects OPEN (Optimised Environments), were awarded second place in a two stage International competition to design a new 2.65 ha public park which attracted over 150 interested teams. The site forms part of South Tyneside Council’s Riverside Regeneration Framework which will bring forward the regeneration of a 35 ha brownfield site at South Shields Riverside. The park will form the centre piece to development linking proposed new neighborhoods to the river and the town centre.
An imaginative community park in a stunning riverside location
We proposed a park which would be the ‘jewel’ of South Tyneside – a contemporary public space which draws on the rich cultural and industrial heritage of the site. Bold earthworks formed the structure to spaces and routes whilst creating a series of framed, referenced or wide views across the river. Lighting proposals by Speirs +Major provided a flexible infrastructure that could respond to a variety of events proposed to take place in the park. Dr. Nigel Dunnett created a bold ‘New Wave’ planting scheme celebrating colour and form whilst being low maintenance. The creation of flowing, curved embankments with colourful planted pockets forming sheltered gardens defined the unique character of the park. Three sculptural slides, inspired by the Harton Electric Railway which once wrapped around the mound, provide a focus for play and joy for all ages!