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Plans unveiled for restoration of old favourite.

Byline: Graeme Whitfield Business editor

ARCHITECTS based in Newcastle have unveiled plans for the restoration of the Spanish City Dome on the North East coast.

APD is working with developers Mott MacDonald and North Tyneside Council to transform the Grade II listed building into a visitor destination that will be the centrepiece of the council's PS36m plans for the regeneration of Whitley Bay.

Applications for planning approval and listed building consent have been submitted to the council.

The plans see the Dome's original 1910 historic features being reinstated on the promenade elevation, with repairs to the first floor corridors, which are located either side of a three-storey central block supporting the rotunda. The corridors will be enclosed with glass so they can be used all year around.

The original double-height space of the rotunda will be reinstated and cupolas that once sat on the three-storey towers either side of the rotunda will be rebuilt, allowing the copper terpsichorean female figures - known as the 'dancing ladies' - to be returned to their original position on top of the cupolas. Four new extensions are proposed at either end of the building, which are contemporary in design.

External landscaping, designed by Place on Earth, will provide a pedestrian friendly and secure environment that will eventually connect Spanish City with the wider proposals in the Whitley Bay Seafront masterplan.

It is hoped that, subject to a successful HLF bid, works will start on site in the spring or summer.

ADP director Chris Holmes said: "ADP is delighted to be involved in the plans to regenerate Spanish City. The building is such a familiar landmark and holds many happy memories for the people of Whitley Bay and the North East, so it's a very exciting opportunity for us, to help bring this unique building back to its former glory."

It's a very exciting opportunity for us, to help bring this unique building back to its former gloryChris Holmes


A computer-generation visualisation of how Whitley Bay's Spanish City will look once redeveloped

A bright white dome on view, above and inset, as the architects see it being transformed

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2016
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