Sunderland seafront regeneration’s wave of success goes on

ANOTHER AWARD: Sunderland's award-winning seafront.
ANOTHER AWARD: Sunderland's award-winning seafront.
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SEAFRONT regeneration works at Roker and Seaburn in Sunderland have scooped another award.

The Sunderland City Council works were recognised as the best Commercial Landscape Design in the Northern Design Awards 2014.

Works were designed by the council’s in-house team of landscape architects.

Cabinet secretary Councillor Mel Speding said: “Once again we’re delighted that these works are seeing wider recognition.

“We undertook widespread consultation with residents and businesses about what they thought was necessary for the seafront and these improvements reflect the consultation.”

The design award panel, which included Washington’s George Clarke, Wayne Hemmingway and Linda Barker noted how the council had ‘a commitment to good quality design’ along the seafront.

It is the third time this year the seafront works have been recognised.

In June the council won the ‘Excellence in planning and design for the public realm’ category at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, then in October was runner up in the international MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) UK Planning Authority of the Year Award.

Councillor Speding added: “This award and all the others are reflecting the community consultation about a seafront that is accessible and that can be enjoyed by everyone.

“In addition to the council’s works, we’re seeing businesses invest more in both Seaburn and Roker so this is all about improving the facilities that everyone can enjoy.”

Both the Roker and Seaburn schemes have seen extensive landscaping, new public spaces and street furniture, viewing areas and feature lighting.

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