Prize is for improvements to the seafront at Roker and Seaburn

Sunderland City Council landscape team wins RTPI Award

The landscape and planning team at Sunderland City Council has  won the 'Excellence in planning and design for the public realm' category at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence for its work to breathe new life into Marine Walk, Roker and Seaburn Promenade.

Five schemes were shortlisted for the award with Sunderland beating, among others, the athletes village used during the London 2012 Olympics and a play park built as part of the Olympic legacy as well as Bradford’s new City Park development .

Cabinet Secretary Councillor Mel Speding, said: 'It's very important to us that we have a welcoming seafront for people to visit and enjoy.

'Local people helped shape the designs for the improvements at Marine Walk and Seaburn and it's fantastic that the scheme has now received national recognition.

'We all know our seafront is very special but it means a great deal to have a national organisation like the RTPI giving it their vote of confidence.'

Delivered over two phases, both both parts of the scheme include extensive areas of hard and soft landscape, bespoke street furniture, new events spaces, viewing areas and feature lighting.

The judges said: 'This transformational project stood out in the way it engaged local people in tackling a longstanding and challenging problem.

'This type of seafront renewal project is notoriously difficult to achieve.

'Overall, this is a hugely impressive scheme bringing wide physical, environmental, social and economic benefit to the city of Sunderland and its residents.'

Regeneration continues at the seafront with the resurfacing of the grade II listed Roker Pier this summer as part of a £1.35 million restoration scheme for the landmark.

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