New Grant Associates-designed riverside park opens to the public

A new £2.3 million waterside park has opened to the public on Tyneside.

The new park from the air
The new park from the air

Harton Quays Park was designed by landscape architects Grant Associates for South Tyneside Council for the River Tyne bank side between South Shields ferry landing and the Customs House theatre.

The design features curved embankments, lawns and colourful planting, a promenade, sheltered gardens and a pine grove viewing point shaped like the bow of a ship.

The curved ribbon wall is made up of 144 precast concrete panels and the park also has a water feature and an amphitheatre where drama and music can be performed.

The park, which was joint-funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, is part of a wider regeneration masterplan for the area, known as South Shields Riverside.

It received a "very good" commendation as part of the CEEQUAL award assessment, an evidence-based sustainability assessment and awards scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm.  Being commended shows the scheme has delivered good environmental and social performance.

Civil engineers, Mott MacDonald worked with Grant Associates on the scheme.

Grant Associates director Peter Chmiel said: "It has been rewarding for Grant Associates to work with South Tyneside Council who have been dedicated to ensuring the sustainable aspirations for the park were met. This scheme provides additional amenity to the area, a cultural focus and spaces for events all with an emphasis on promoting biodiversity. 

"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.  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."

The council’s lead member regeneration and economy councillor Michael Clare called the design and craftsmanship superb and said the park was already becoming a Tyneside landmark.

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