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Spanish City Dome


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Restoration of the Dome

We have been successful in our bid for £3.47m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to allow us to carry out a major restoration of the iconic Grade II listed building.

This marked the culmination of many years of hard work by us, our partners and the local community to secure its future. Restoration works began in August 2016 and are due for completion in spring/summer 2018.

The work itself is expected to cost £10m and the HLF investment means vital repairs and conservation works to make the building safe, usable and inspirational, offering commercial and leisure facilities, can be carried out.

Ground floor

The ceiling will be removed from the ground floor to create a light and airy central area to host weddings, functions and conferences. Balcony railings will also be reinstated.

This will be used to provide seating and dining space as well as events such as traditional tea dances under the dome. There will also be a service area and bar with high-quality finish throughout and details including marble columns and terrazzo flooring.

Shops and cafes will also feature on the ground floor, facing the Plaza.

North wing

There will be an area for cultural and community activities, for example a pop-up cinema or art gallery, which will also include independent access.

First floor

The first floor will offer a high-quality restaurant with sea views and a function room space incorporating the eastern wing roof.

The seaward-facing full height windows will be restored to their original design, opening up commanding views of the coast and St Mary’s Island northwards and making the space light and airy.

New glazing will be provided to shelter customers using the eastern wing roof, which will be reinstated to its original appearance as a loggia with a modern lightweight roof to make this space useable all year round.

West wing

The loggia on the west wing will be reinstated with new glazing and a lightweight roof to further extend the available wedding, function and conferencing space.


There are plans for outdoor seating areas along the original frontage of the building as well as in the area opposite the old seafront road.

Who will be responsible for the site?

Robertson Construction will be carrying out the restoration works on site in partnership with local specialist subcontractors.

Once the work is complete Kymel Trading Limited will manage and run the building. The firm have a track record of successfully operating prestigious venues, hotels and restaurants across the North, including the Crab and Lobster and Crab Manor Hotel in Thirsk and Trenchers seafood restaurant in Whitby.

Kymel’s ambitious proposals for the Spanish City have been inspired by the dome’s rich past and aim to bring about a fitting renaissance of the landmark building to create a truly unique visitor destination for the North East.

New car park

The car park provides seafront parking spaces including accessible parking spaces, while maintaining views across our stunning coastline.

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Premier Inn development

A 68-bedroom Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant has opened next to the Spanish City site, creating 59 full and part time jobs.

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Contact us

Julie Bews
Regeneration Project Manager
Telephone: (0191) 643 6428

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