Whitley Bay Dome wins £3.7m heritage grant

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £3.7m to help restore the historic Spanish City and Dome in Whitley Bay

Norma Redfearn and Ivor Crowther at Whitley Bay Spanish City
Norma Redfearn and Ivor Crowther at Whitley Bay Spanish City

AN iconic coastal building is set to be restored with the help of a lottery grant.

The Grade II-listed Spanish City and Dome, in Whitley Bay, has won a £3.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Earlier this year, an application for cash was turned down by the HLF. Although the scheme had support, the bid was rejected as £52m worth of applications had been received from across the country for just £12m of funding.

North Tyneside Council then re-applied for the money through a new Heritage Enterprise funding scheme and launched a campaign to gather support from the public.

Consultation events were held and more than 800 people made comments about the site’s future.

Now news of the grant award has been welcomed.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This building is loved by most people in North Tyneside and beyond. We had lots of support from the public to get this show on the road.

“This announcement is the fruition of everyone’s efforts. I can’t tell you how delighted I am. I look forward for this building to develop into a fantastic facility.”

The restoration scheme includes proposals for an activity centre, community space, food and retail outlets in the Dome. The grant will help towards vital repairs to bring the structure back to its former glory.

Under the programme, £182,700 will initially be awarded to the council to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals will then be considered by the HLF at the second-round stage and the scheme will continue after it is rubber-stamped.

Ivor Crowther, head of HLF North East, said: “We have awarded this grant because we really do feel it’s a special project. We could see there is genuine support for this building to be brought back into use.”

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