A key landmark on the borough coastline could be open for business again next year.
Businesses are being offered a chance to be involved in the next stage of the restoration of the iconic Spanish City Dome.
North Tyneside Council is working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and Coastal Communities Fund to bring the Grade II listed building back into use.
The council and its partners are seeking expressions of interest from businesses who might want to occupy up to ten allocated units that will be available.
An information session for interested businesses is being held in the Dome on August 13 between 10am and 2pm, with the deadline for final bids being August 29.
Business proposals will then be used to help the design team ensure the building is restored in a way that takes into account the requirements of end users.
Internal refurbishment could begin in early 2015, with the first units expected to be available in the summer of that year and the full restoration completed by 2016.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is an unrivalled opportunity for businesses with a passion for putting the Spanish City Dome and the coastal area on the map.
“We are pulling out all the stops to get this iconic building back into use for the community. We’re not just ensuring the building is structurally sound and returned to be an attractive landmark, but also want to ensure the space inside is used to add to the vibrancy and success of the site.
“To secure its long-term success we want to work with businesses that are able to ensure that the Dome – and North Tyneside is a key visitor destination - and is somewhere that everyone wants to come to time and time again.
“We’re currently marketing the property and are keen to hear from anyone who has great ideas that they want to put into reality in the Dome.”
The current proposals will see up to five ground floor retail or cafe units to the front of the building facing onto the promenade, including the new Plaza area. The first floor will also feature a café/restaurant and a large leisure space with spectacular elevated sea views towards St Mary’s Lighthouse.
Community and leisure uses are also being sought in line with the current outline planning consent.
For further information anyone interested in the rental of space in the Dome should contact Brett Devenish or Julie Bews on (0191) 643 2142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org