Pics: First look at Wallsend's exciting town centre development plans

Millions are being spent on regenerating Wallsend, and a special display will unveil more details on how it will unfold, and how it will look

CGI image of Wallsend's planned new Aldi supermarket, Burger King drive-thru and car park
CGI image of Wallsend's planned new Aldi supermarket, Burger King drive-thru and car park

Developers and council leaders will outline plans to develop Wallsend’s future at an event next week.

Plans for the future regeneration of the town, including details of developments for the Forum Shopping Centre and the Swans site on the River Tyne, will be on display at Wallsend Customer First Centre from Wednesday until February 20.

In excess of £100m is being ploughed into Swans site – a project destined to create hundreds of new construction and other contractor jobs – and significant sums will create a new shopping and leisure area.

CGI images have been produced to give a glimpse of how the finished development will look.

North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn said: “We want Wallsend to thrive, prosper and be a place to be proud of and this event will showcase how we plan to work with residents, businesses and other partners to secure a bright future for Wallsend, for generations to come.

“Wallsend town centre is being transformed into a modern and vibrant place to shop and relax, and we have some fantastic new facilities in the pipeline, including plans to bring a major supermarket and drive-through Burger King to Wallsend.

How Wallsend could look with its new Wetherspoon public house on the site of the former Ritz Cinema
How Wallsend could look with its new Wetherspoon public house on the site of the former Ritz Cinema

“More than £100m is being invested to develop the Swans site into a brand new hub for industry, and this will play a major part in Wallsend’s bright economic future, bringing major employers and up to 1,000 local jobs.

“These are really exciting times for Wallsend and this event will allow residents and visitors to see the ambitious plans we have in place for the town.”

Visitors to the event will be able to view the latest planned developments for the Forum Shopping Centre, to be delivered by the centre’s owners, New River. These include plans for a new supermarket, a Burger King and car park. Residents will also be able to learn more about the progress being made to develop the former Swan Hunter shipyard site. This will include an update on plans to operate a successful working quay, complete with fixed crane, by late summer.

The regeneration of the Swans site is one of North Tyneside Council’s highest priorities in relation to export-led growth and job creation, funded by a mix of cash from the European Regional Development Fund, Homes and Communities Agency, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, private sector and council investment.

The event will also showcase a wide range of other schemes, including housing developments, Wallsend Parks, Hadrian Leisure Centre, the former Wallsend Town Hall, former Wallsend Police Station and former Wallsend Library. It will also include displays from Nexus and the Business Factory.

The displays, which will be located on the first floor of the Customer First Centre, will be available to view during the centre’s opening hours.

The centre, within the Forum Shopping Centre, is open Monday to Thursday, 9am until 4.30pm and Friday 9am until 4pm.

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