Company revealed for redevelopment of iconic site

A CARE home and hotel are among the proposals drawn up by the preferred developer for the future redevelopment of Whitley Bay’s Spanish City site.

Robertson North East has been announced as the bidder by North Tyneside Council following a cabinet meeting earlier this month.

And the proposals drawn up include a family entertainment and cultural centre in the Dome, a four-star style niche/boutique hotel, a care home with associated facilities, residential apartments, and the creation of new public places and outdoor performance spaces.

Cabinet members agreed the scheme best met the stringent criteria.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “This is great news for North Tyneside as a whole.

“The redevelopment of the Spanish City site is something that this council has been working to deliver for more than ten years.

“A tremendous amount of work has been invested over those years to ensure both the iconic dome was rescued for future generations, and that the wider site is developed as an asset for residents, visitors and the borough’s economy.

“We will now work with the preferred bidder to ensure that this can be delivered and we will provide an opportunity for the public to find out more about the details of the scheme at a meeting of the Area Forum in the near future.”

Bidders have been canvassed from across Europe in the procurement process that asked applicants to be innovative in their proposals for the three hectare sea-front site, including not just the Dome and former Empress Ballroom site but also surrounding land and Brook Street Gardens

The sympathetic incorporation of the Grade II listed Dome was an essential factor for bidders to consider, with a requirement that the Dome is used in some way, whether as part of a hotel, cultural or community use.

And developers were asked to ensure that the scheme was able to deliver a high impact development on Whitley Bay’s sea front, as part of a wider regeneration strategy for the town.

Andy McLeod, managing director for Robertson North East, said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have been selected by North Tyneside Council to work with them and deliver this sustainable community focused project that will further support the wider regeneration of Whitley Bay.”

The delivery of the proposed development of the Spanish City site will be subject to the usual planning process, when the public can submit their views into the decision making process.