Enhancing communities
Improving The Environment
Working Together

Project Description

The South Shields 365 plan proposes a radical town centre redevelopment with a new retail quarter in the Fowler Street West area. The scheme will create 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 along with a new transport interchange.

In the past the town has had three distinct areas – the seafront, town centre and Riverside – and South Shields 365 will bring these assets together to make it a place of year-round cultural, leisure and retail activity.

A new cultural centre, 'The Word', opened in October 2016. The three storey, circular building overlooks the town’s refurbished Market Place and incorporates a library and digital media space as well as a computer gaming area, an immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café and a rooftop terrace providing stunning views over the river.

Construction has commenced on a new transport interchange, which will provide a striking point of arrival into South Shields for both residents and visitors, and a number of sites in the wider town centre have been earmarked for leisure purposes.

Responsible business

Improving The Environment

Improving The Environment

The first phase library and digital media centre, 'The Word', is BREEAM Excellent - meeting the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, procurement, construction and operation.
Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

We are working closely with local people to deliver physical regeneration, a new community hub and improved amenities.
Working Together With Our Supply Chain

Working Together With Our Supply Chain

We are making a major investment to bring jobs and growth to South Tyneside.


The Word

RIBA National Award

The Word - Building of the Year

RIBA North East Awards 2017

The Word - Project of the Year

RICS North East Awards 2017

The Word - Design Through Innovation

RICS North East Awards 2017

The Word - Community Benefit

RICS North East Awards 2017

The Word - Tourism and Leisure

RICS North East Awards 2017

The Word - Best Public Service Building

LABC Northern Regional Awards 2017

The Word - Best Regeneration or Restoration Award

Living North Awards 2016