THE search is on to find the firm which will transform Sunderland’s seafront into a visitors’ paradise.
Cabinet members have given the go-ahead for the council to appoint contractors to deliver the second and third phases of the Coastal Communities-funded improvement works at Seaburn.
Speaking at this week’s cabinet meeting, Councillor Mel Speding, cabinet secretary, said the first phase of the development, which included landscaping works along the promenade, had been “well received”.
A condition of the £2million funding granted by Coastal Communities – which is supplemented by £1,037million of the council’s capital funding – is that it has to be spent by January 2015.
Phase two will include improving the appearance of Whitburn Road, its lighting and junctions.
Traffic-calming measures will also be put in place, as well as upgraded pedestrian crossings.
Phase three of the Seaburn Masterplan – which forms part of the larger Seafront Regeneration Project – will see improvements in Cut Throat Dene and is set to take place next year. As well as making the dene more attractive, improvements will include addressing flooding problems.
As part of the wider plan, Roker is also seeing a host of changes.
Marine Walk has already received a makeover, and £1.35million has been invested in a rolling restoration for the 110-year-old Grade II-listed Roker Pier. It is hoped the changes will attract more visitors to the seafront, and they could generate more than 1,000 jobs.
A new building, with luxury apartments and offices or shops in Marine Walk is also part of plans to give the seafront a facelift.