Client: South Tyneside Council
Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear
Awards: ICE North East Robert Stephenson Awards : Winner in over £4 million category
RICS North East Renaissance Awards : Winner in Infrastructure category
OOBE and artists Broadbent Studio were commissioned by South Tyneside Council and Royal Haskoning to enhance the design of the public realm aspects of a proposed new seawall and promenade at Littlehaven Beach. The vision is to celebrate the character of the existing setting of the beach which contrasts from open, wild and exposed to sheltered, calm and intimate. The sites unique location where the River Tyne meets the North Sea is also explored as a metaphor for storytelling and the relevance of sea shanties and poetry from the local area. Artwork and the new Littlehaven branding will be blasted onto the new seawall and unique gateway features will be installed to draw people towards the beach. We also created opportunities to emphasise the beaches location at the mouth of the Tyne and the massive ships which sail in and out each day - port holes in the gateways and seating frame these views and play on scale. More subtle references to the coastal location are reflected in the shapes of the bespoke seats inspired by diatoms and dunes.