The £2.3m waterfront park in South Shields designed by Granhas received a specialist CEEQUAL Client & Design Award for excellence in sustainability.
Scheduled for completion in May of this year, Harton Quays Park will stretch along the River Tyne from South Shields ferry landing to the Customs House and features curved embankments, an amphitheatre, lawns and colourful planting, a promenade, sheltered gardens and a curved ribbon wall comprising 144 precast concrete panels.
The park is part of a wider regeneration masterplan for South Shields Riverside, funded jointly by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.
CEEQUAL is an evidence-based sustainability assessment and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm. The award celebrates ‘the achievement of high environmental and social performance’.
Harton Quays Park has received a ‘very good’ commendation as part of the CEEQUAL award assessment, thanks to the collaborative efforts of designers working on the scheme, led by Grant Associates and civil engineering firm Mott MacDonald.
‘The park has been designed with the aim of providing additional amenity to the area, to offer a cultural focus and spaces for events and with an emphasis on promoting biodiversity,’ says Grant Associates director Peter Chmiel. ‘When completed, it will form a key piece of the on-going regeneration strategy for the area and create an important re-connection of South Shields town centre to the River Tyne.’