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Top award for Whitley Bay sea defence project

The regeneration of Whitley Bay’s coastline has received further praise.

North Tyneside Council’s Central Lower Promenade scheme was named the best medium project at the annual Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Robert Stephenson Awards.

Judges praised the scheme for its design, high-quality construction and collaborative partnership working.

The award was presented by ICE national president Andrew Wylie at a ceremony at the Gosforth Park Grand Hotel on Thursday (2 May).

The project, which was carried out in partnership with Hartlepool Council who have previously completed similar coastal promenade schemes to a high standard, involved strengthening and safeguarding sea defences by rebuilding the structure as well as a number of public realm improvements.

It was part of the council’s multi-million pound Seafront Master Plan to breathe new life into the Whitley Bay coastline.

The accolade comes soon after the council’s Spanish City restoration scooped two awards at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019 in April.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “I am delighted that we have received yet another award for our work to revitalise the coast.

“The Central Lower Promenade scheme is a fantastic example of local authorities working together to share experience, resources and expertise to successfully carry out a really complex and challenging piece of work.

“The end result is that nearby homes and businesses are protected from flood risk and the whole area has been completely transformed and looks amazing. We listened to residents before coming up with the final design and it is somewhere we can all be proud of and a place that families enjoy visiting.”

Tony Hanson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Assistant Director (Environment and Neighbourhood Services), said: “Hartlepool Borough Council is very proud to have assisted North Tyneside Council in the delivery of the seafront regeneration works, and we are delighted that the quality of the design and the subsequent construction work has been recognised with this award.”

The project was funded jointly by the council and its partners Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency and the work was carried out by contractor Hall Construction.