WORK has started on building the ribbon wall at South Tyneside Council’s £2.3m waterfront park on the riverside at South Shields.
The structure at Harton Quays Park is a curved retaining wall built from reinforced earth, faced with 144 decorative concrete panels.
Harton Quays Park is joint-funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering.
When complete, the park will stretch along the River Tyne from South Shields ferry landing to the Customs House and feature curved embankments, an amphitheatre, promenade, high-specification landscaping and planting including mature trees.
Coun Michael Clare, the council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, said: “Harton Quays Park is a symbolic project as part of South Tyneside Council’s regeneration masterplan.
“The picturesque waterfront park will connect users with business, retail and cultural facilities and promises to be a wonderful amenity for the borough.
“The ribbon walling shows the level of care and attention to detail that has been applied to this programme and will be something for residents to be proud of for years to come.”
Phil Morgan, regional director of Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, added: “The installation of the ribbon wall emphasises the progress being made on the Harton Quays Park project.
“This is a significant scheme which when complete will transform the waterfront area. I would like to thank South Tyneside Council for its support and the public for their continuing patience during this construction period.”
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering is carrying out all earthworks as well as the soft and hard landscaping to develop the park area in South Shields, being developed as part of the wider regeneration masterplan for the riverside and due for completion in spring 2013.