We are delighted to share with you that Littlehaven Promenade and Seawall in South Shields recently won its ninth award!

Against the backdrop of the historic Paris climate change summit the Tyneside seafront project, which takes an innovative approach to the effects of global warming, has notched up two prestigious awards.

Judges at the Landscape Institute Awards 2015 awarded the project ‘winner’ of the Design for a Medium Scale Development as well as the Fellows’ Award for Climate Change Adaptation. These awards mean a great deal to us as we feel the scheme demonstrates perfectly the value of landscape architecture, in this case in ensuring the scheme surpassed its functional role as a coastal defence and provides a distinctive destination with a recognisable identity. The judges commented;

“This is an unusual, refreshing response to coastal defence, involving a landward shift in sea defences, in the interest of long-term sustainability. The judges were impressed by the sensitive and collaborative design response to an evolving coastal issue.”

“Littlehaven Promenade beautifully demonstrates the multiple benefits of landscape architecture.”

In addition, Noel Farrer, Landscape Institute President stated, “I welcome the seamless collaboration between engineering necessity and place making for all to enjoy.”

Littlehaven Promenade Team

Some of the Littlehaven Promenade team celebrating at the Landscape Institute Awards 2015 including South Tyneside Council, Royal HaskoningDHV, OOBE and Broadbent Studio.

In the same week these national awards were followed by further regional recognition as the scheme picked up the award for Best Regeneration Scheme at the Living North Awards 2015. The latest honours mean the scheme has now won nine awards, has been highly commended in three national contests and has achieved finalist in seven others.

Project photography © Steve Mayes Photography