Since its official opening at the start of April the Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall scheme has already won two awards! Winner in the over £4 million category at the 2014 ICE North East Robert Stephenson Awards and winner in the infrastructure category of the 2014 RICS North East Renaissance Awards.The scheme has also been entered into the RTPI awards so watch this space – lets hope we can make it a hat-trick!
The RICS award was presented by North-East born architect and TV presenter George Clarke – apparently the judges loved the overall ‘wow’ factor. The awards are recognition of the collective work of a fantastic client, South Tyneside Council, and team including the engineers Royal HaskoningDHV, contractors Galliford Try and artist Stephen Broadbent.
Earlier this month the scheme was opened to the public with an afternoon of celebration including a wingwalker display, brass band, Chinese dragon dance, ceilidh band and of course Punch and Judy. People loved the sculptures designed by Stephen Broadbent – ‘The Eye’ which visitors can look through towards the Tyne’s piers and the open sea and ‘The Sail’ which depicts the sail of a coble. The sun may not have been shining but as night fell the promenade was illuminated by the integral lights which cycle through a series of colours and a pyromusical (fireworks to music!) which closed the ceremony!
To find out more about the project and see some photos of the finished scheme click here Littlehaven Promenade.