Experts selected to help on plans for Spanish City

An artist's impression of how the Spanish City could look.
An artist's impression of how the Spanish City could look.

Experts have been appointed to help with the regeneration of an iconic seafront building.

North Tyneside Council has appointed a professional partnership to deliver the expertise needed to restore the Spanish City Dome.

Global management firm Mott MacDonald and architects ADP will provide all architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design services for the repair, renovation and rehabilitation of the building.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I promised to progress the regeneration of the seafront as a priority and that’s what we are doing.

“I am delighted that we now have the expertise of Mott MacDonald and ADP on board with us to deliver the restoration of the Spanish City Dome, which I know is so important to the residents of North Tyneside.

“They bring a wealth of professional expertise and experience to the project, particularly in working with sensitive and heritage projects.

The Spanish City Dome, a Grade II Listed building, was awarded a Stage 1 approval for a £3.7m grant in November last year through Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) new Heritage Enterprise programme, which addresses ‘market failure’ with work progressing on Stage 2 applications.

Mott MacDonald and ADP will now develop detailed proposals to secure further HLF funding.

They will also undertake a series of structural surveys to assess the remaining lifespan of the structures and suitability for reuse.

Gordon Hudson, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “This is a very special project for the people in the north east which will ultimately bring the Spanish City Dome back to functional use.

“Nearly a whole generation has missed out on the Spanish City experience and by restoring this culturally significant landmark we will hopefully create thousands of new memories for those who visit Whitely Bay and the wider region.”

Charles Greenall, partner of ADP’s Newcastle studio said: “We are delighted to be involved in the regeneration of Spanish City, which will give a new lease of life to the seaside town and return the distinctive Grade II listed dome to its prominent and historical position on Whitley Bay’s skyline.”

The council has recently canvassed interest from potential businesses interested in the retail units proposed to be incorporated into the Dome and is currently considering 13 expressions of interest. These business proposals will be incorporated into the internal fitting out of the building.

Internal refurbishment could begin in early 2015, with the full restoration completed by 2016.