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'It will give the riverside back to the townspeople'.

Byline: By Rebekah Ashby

A riverside regeneration project is set to create up to 1,000 permanent jobs on a rundown riverside in South Tyneside. Rebekah Ashby looks at the vision for 2011.

Property developer Branmore Investments has recently unveiled ambitious plans for East Holborn in South Shields with detailed images of how the development would look.

Working in partnership with architect RyderHKS and consultant Connell Mott MacDonald, Branmore says the development would be the focal point for the transformation of the borough.

Branmore acquired the derelict former Middle Docks yard in 2001 and applied to South Tyneside Council for outline planning permission in March 2003.

It says the plans have been well received and if they are approved, more than pounds 200m will be invested in creating a landmark riverside development to rival the likes of Salford Quays, Hull and Newcastle Gateshead.

Just 300 metres from the Tyne Ferry terminal, East Holborn is expected to become the European gateway to the region and create a vibrant focal point for South Shields by connecting the Customs House and Mill Dam area as a "cultural quarter" for South Tyneside.

Branmore director Alan Mordain said: "This development will change the face of our riverside and put South Tyneside on the map. The plans have been warmly received by local people and it will play a key part in South Tyneside's regeneration, in terms of jobs and bringing an old industrial wasteland to life.

"It's an iconic development that will give the riverside back to the people of South Shields and bring much-needed demand to the town centre and local retail facilities.

"The images we have released today show the high expectation, quality and vitality of the environment we wish to create. This is the most exciting stage we have been in to date."

The proposals represent a milestone for South Tyneside and would regenerate a rundown riverside into a lively environment with residential, leisure, cultural and commercial use.

Mr Mordain said: "Our plans bring together almost two years of creative and detailed professional research. We have worked with all the relevant agencies and have contributed to the many transformation studies commissioned by South Tyneside Council.

"We are now on the verge of a new beginning and it's time to deliver. Our scheme rivals the very best of riverside development schemes in not just the UK but around Europe.

"We are creating an internationally recognised gateway to the northern region."

The plans involve:

* Reclamation of the East Holborn brownfield site

* Construction of a riverside promenade

* Alterations to the dry docks and conversion to a marina with boat lift and moorings for leisure boats

* High-quality homes

* Four-star hotel and conference facilities

* Restaurants and promenade cafes

* Health and fitness facilities

* Community shops

* Integrated class A office accommodation

* Permanent moorings for local tug operators, securing the future base of one of the river's most established operators

* A river taxi station
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 26, 2003
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