Going back in time to give Dome a positive outlook for its future

Spanish City Dome. GM019241

Spanish City Dome. GM019241

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Plans to restore one of the borough’s most famous landmarks have been backed by councillors.

Proposals have been drawn up to return the Spanish City Dome and building back to how it looked when it first opened in 1910.

The listed building has been subject of numerous plans over the last decade but new proposals were backed by members of North Tyneside Council’s planning committee last week.

In a major step forward for the future of the Dome, the previously removed features from 1910 will be reinstated.

Among the plans are to restore the decorative cupola tower crowns and rebuild the loggies – or terraced platforms – over the building’s ground floor shops which visitors were able to walk on.

And the original style of ground floor shop fronts, windows and doors will return.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is excellent news and means we can now continue with the next phases of our work to restore this iconic building.

“This will include working closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund to secure their £3.6m grant funding and to begin marketing the commercial spaces within the Dome, so that businesses can help shape the restoration scheme.

“Subject to approval from the Secretary of State, we will also be able to start work on structural repairs and building condition improvements, soon.

“Our wonderful Spanish City Dome has a special place in the hearts of many of us and we are all keen to see it sympathetically restored and brought back into use as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, we hope visitors will enjoy the packed summer events programme we have planned for the Plaza area in front of the Dome.”

Last December the council was awarded a £182,700 grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop the restoration strategy.

A second stage bid will now be made for £3.5m to help finance the work.

If the second HLF bid is approved, work could start next April and be completed in 2016.

A marketing brochure for the building to attract potential users will be out next week.