Sea defences have been strengthened and safeguarded by rebuilding Central Lower Promenade. The two-tiered promenade acts as a sea defence protecting the whole structure, the road and premises above. The previous structure was around 100 years old and needed to be replaced as it had severe structural problems and was approaching the end of its serviceable life.
What has the work involved?
The complex project involved strengthening the existing sea wall at beach level to protect nearby homes and businesses, construction of a new rear wall on the lower promenade and a series of improvements to the public realm.
On the upper promenade, the footpath has been returned to its original width and attractive new rose and sandstone coloured surfacing has been laid.
Custom-made balustrades, which cover around 240m in length and are compliant with modern safety standards, have been installed, and Grant’s Clock has been repainted in the traditional eye-catching Whitley Bay colours of blue and green.
The lower promenade has been transformed with new ‘buff’ coloured surfacing, complex strengthening works have been carried out and new ramps and steps have been created. There is also space for pop-up stalls to set up, subject to demand.
Railings, also in the Whitley Bay colours and matching those further along the coast towards St Mary’s Island, have been installed throughout. New bins, benches and street lights have also been added.
Video: New balustrades
Find out how we worked with local businesses to replace the balustrades by watching this video:
The project was funded jointly by us and our partners Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and was carried out in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council who have also previously completed similar coastal promenade schemes to a high standard.