Harton Quays Park, a £2.3m waterfront park in South Shields designed by Grant Associates for South Tyneside Council, is now open to the public.
The park stretches along the River Tyne from South Shields ferry landing to the Customs House theatre and includes curved embankments, lawns and colourful planting, a promenade, sheltered gardens and a dramatic pine grove viewing point shaped like the bow of a ship.
Other features include a curved ribbon wall comprising 144 precast concrete panels, a water feature and an amphitheatre for open-air drama and music.
The park, which was jointly funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, is part of a wider regeneration masterplan for South Shields Riverside.
It 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 engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald.
CEEQUAL is an evidence-based sustainability assessment and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm. It celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance.
‘Harton Quays Park forms a key piece of the on-going regeneration strategy for the area and creates an important re-connection of South Shields town centre to the River Tyne,’ says Peter Chmiel, director, Grant Associates. ‘We are both curious and excited to see the response of the local community throughout the seasons and hope Harton Quays Park is enjoyed for many years to come.’
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