Iconic Dome is given a clean up

Workmmen cleaning the dome of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Workmmen cleaning the dome of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.'Picture by Jane Coltman

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Work has begun on giving an iconic Whitley Bay building a fresh new look.

A team of specialists have been abseiling across the Spanish City Dome on Wednesday as part of work to spruce it up for the summer.

I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the work, and take my hat off to the specialist staff who are carrying out this daunting task

Mayor Norma Redfearn

The work – expected to finish on Friday – aims to remove dirt and debris collected on the Dome’s white roof and brighten its appearance.

The clean-up will also help prepare the building for a full re-painting planned as part of its restoration.

Cramlington-based Isis Property Services is carrying out the work, using high-powered jet washing equipment to blast the dirt from the Dome.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the results of the work, and take my hat off to the specialist staff who are carrying out this daunting task.

“We’ve got an exciting programme of events planned for the Spanish City Plaza, so it’s only right the Dome should be looking its best.”

The work is part of North Tyneside Council’s ongoing preparation of the Grade II listed building, ahead of its future refurbishment and restoration.

Mrs Redfearn added: “We’re continuing to work really hard to make sure we can secure a bright and sustainable future for this wonderful building, as part of our £36m Master Plan for the coast.

“We’re making great progress, with a number of businesses and investors expressing significant interest in taking space in the Spanish City Dome once it’s complete.”

Robertson Construction are currently carrying out a raft of repair works on the building, on behalf of the council, ahead of the authority’s Round Two grant application to the Heritage Enterprise Lottery Fund, and this week’s cleaning work is part of that contract.

North Tyneside Council has already secured Round One Development Fund approval through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s new Heritage Enterprise programme.

The Round Two application for a grant of £3.47m will provide Lottery investment to enable vital repairs and conservation works to be carried out to transform Spanish City into a safe, useable and inspirational commercial and leisure space.

On Monday, the council’s Cabinet also agreed to new arrangements to guide procurement for the future use of the Grade II Listed Building.

The Stage Two funding bid requires a detailed business case to demonstrate the project is sustainable in the long term and ensure the Heritage Enterprise Lottery Fund grant is a worthwhile investment.

The new procurement arrangements will open the door to the council making a formal decision on the potential partners that can both deliver an exciting new future for the Spanish City Dome and a viable and sustainable business plan acceptable to funders.