Sunderland wins award for seafront scheme

Marine Walk improvements
Marine Walk improvements
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SUNDERLAND has scooped a national award for improvements to its seafront.

The City Council won the “Excellence in planning and design for the public realm” category, at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, for its work to breathe new life into Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade.

Five schemes were shortlisted, including the athletes village used during the London 2012 Olympics and a play park built as part of the Olympic legacy.

Cabinet Secretary, councillor Mel Speding, said: “We’re delighted that this scheme has received national recognition. It’s very important to us that we have a welcoming seafront.

“Local people helped shape the designs for the improvements at Marine Walk and Seaburn, so this success is very much down to them and we’d like to thank them for their input into the scheme. We all know our seafront is very special, but it means a great deal to have a national organisation like the Royal Town Planning Institute giving it their vote of confidence.”

The schemes include areas of hard and soft landscaping, bespoke street furniture, new events spaces, viewing areas and feature lighting.

The judges said: “This project stood out in the way it engaged local people in tackling a longstanding and challenging problem. This type of seafront renewal project is notoriously difficult to achieve.

“It is a hugely-impressive scheme bringing wide physical, environmental, social and economic benefit to the city.”