Phase one of South Shields’ £100 million redevelopment has seen the construction of The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, with new car parking on Ferry Street, along with improvements to the adjacent Market Place. After extensive public consultation, construction began in January 2015 and completed in October 2016.

This was the initial phase of an extensive, transformational public realm scheme whilst Phase two, the construction of the new Transport Interchange, is scheduled to begin in 2018 with the demolition of existing buildings beginning in November 2017.

The Master Plan for the future of South Shields demonstrates how improved links between the Town Centre, Riverside and Foreshore will result in a positive visitor experience, and an altogether more cohesive and functional town.