Spanish City

Restoration of the Dome

Following a successful bid for £3.47m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) we were able 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 the building was opened to the public on 23 July 2018. 

Construction company Robertson led the renovation works on site, with architects ADP, using historical images and drawings as reference where original details had been lost.

The famous dome’s original features have been reinstated on the promenade elevation, including the first floor loggia terraces, which are located either side of the central arcade, have been fully rebuilt to reflect the original proportions. The new extensions provide additional facilities and support areas.

The total cost of the project was around £10m.

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Watch the historic return of the dancing ladies to their rightful place atop the dome:

Empress Gardens

Attractive footpaths have been created to make the area more accessible, new street furniture has been installed and the beauty spot boasts new garden spaces with planters, grass and flowerbeds.

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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Watch: Find out how we, alongside our partners, have put the heart back into Whitley Bay.

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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Watch: The new Premier Inn hotel and Beefeater restaurant is launched in Whitley Bay