A developer which masterminded the regeneration of Newcastle Quayside has been selected to deliver the £100m transformation of a Tyneside town centre.
Muse Developments has been selected to take forward South Shields 365, South Tyneside Council’s ambitious plan for the renewal of the town centre, which proposes a radical overhaul of the area.
First announced earlier this year, the South Shields 365 plan will see the creation of a new retail quarter in the Fowler Street West area, a new cinema, library, retail and leisure facilities as well as a quality hotel and new housing.
The council is also working with Nexus to bring improvements to the Metro system.
Muse Developments, which has offices in Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and London, is best known in the North East for its transformation of Newcastle’s Quayside, which was completed in 2002, when the firm was part of Amec.
The firm led the redevelopment of much Newcastle’s Quayside, including the creation of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
More recently, the company was Durham City’s partner in the Walkergate development, including a cafe, bars and restaurants as well as 35 apartments and a 100-bedroom hotel, and Muse is working in Teesside, alongside Morgan Sindall Group’s housing specialist Lovell, to deliver Vivo, the first phase of the £100m Northshore mixed-use riverside regeneration scheme.
David Wells, development director at Muse Developments, said: “Successful regeneration is about much more than bricks and mortar. It is about creating sustainable, vibrant communities where people are proud to live and work. South Shields has the potential to be a fantastic example of how regeneration can transform an area, and we look forward to working with the council and the local community in achieving this.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, added: “The South Shields 365 vision will complement the major investments that are already under way, including the £16m Haven Point pool and leisure complex.”