Work on £1m transformation of Whitley Bay promenade underway

Work on the next stage of an ambitious transformation of Whitley Bay’s Northern Promenade has started.

Wednesday, 14th October 2020, 12:38 pm
An artist impression of how the Northern Promenade will look after the work.

Contractors were on site on Monday for the £1million project which will see the external renovation of the Rendezvous Café and elements of The Links Gallery Cafe, the public toilets revamped, the Dukes Walk car park resurfaced and the promenade surface and public realm upgraded.

Work is expected to be complete by spring 2021.

It is the next phase of North Tyneside Council’s makeover of the promenade and forms part of the Ambition for North Tyneside strategy.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE said: “The first round of work on the southern section proved hugely popular and has been fantastically well-received by residents and visitors and it has been wonderful to see so many families out and about on the prom enjoying a walk along our beautiful coastline.

“I know many of our residents have been eagerly-awaiting news of when the rest of the promenade will be improved, and it has been a personal ambition of mine for some time, so this really is brilliant news.

“I’m sure that once this phase of work is complete everyone will see the benefits.

"We’re seeing lots of great, new investment in the town on the back of our successful regeneration and it will only add to the popularity and appeal of Whitley Bay as a great place to live, work and visit.”

As part of the next phase, red tarmac will replace the current paving in the area in front of the Rendezvous café, new pebble seating will be installed and the edging blocks and railings will be upgraded to match the southern section.

The public toilets will be given a makeover.

The work to the café is aimed at preserving its character while improving the fabric of the building.

The Dukes Walk car park will be resurfaced, the entrance steps to the Links Art Gallery entrance will be replaced, the connecting footpaths to the promenade will be improved and the shelter on the Links opposite Bournemouth Gardens will undergo repairs.

Both the Rendezvous and Links Gallery cafes will remain open throughout the works.

Parking is now available in the Dukes Walk car park.

Alternative parking is available nearby in the Brierdene car park.