Littlehaven project team on cloud nine after latest award wins

A hat-trick of recent wins now means the Littlehaven Promenade and Sea Wall project has secured nine national and regional awards.

The latest successes came in the Landscape Institute Awards when the project won the Medium Scale Project of the Year and the overall Fellow’s Award for Climate Change Adaptation.3 -Littlehaven Promenade at night

The two national awards were joined by another regional accolade when it picked up the title of Best Regeneration Scheme at the Living North Awards.

The latest honours mean the scheme has now been in the running for 19 awards, winning nine and placing highly commended in three.

Driven by South Tyneside Council, the Littlehaven scheme in South Shields delivered enhanced amenities in the form of better accessibility and connectivity to the seafront, riverside and the regenerated town centre.

It involved replacing outdated flood defences along a 500-metre stretch. Features included the installation of bespoke public art works, landscaping, seating and state-of-the-art lighting.

The scheme, initiated in 2009, officially opened in early 2014. The project team consisted of contractors Galliford Try and landscape architects Oobe, working alongside consultants Royal HaskoningDHV.

Royal HaskoningDHV’s Technical Director Nick Cooper said: “To come away with not just one, but two awards at the Landscape Institute Awards is a truly fantastic achievement.

“Combined with the recent successes at the Living North and Brownfield Briefing Awards, the whole team involved with the project should be extremely proud.

“The project had already captivated the attention of the Littlehaven community, who praise it for revitalising the look of the local area, and now it is doing the same with award panel judges.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, added: “Littlehaven is an innovative design concept that provides residents and visitors with a beautifully-lit promenade where they can take in beautiful views all year round while providing much-needed flood defence for homes and businesses in the area.

“Winning the Fellows Award is a real coup for the partnership that worked on this project. I’m delighted that our innovative approach to creating a sea defence wall that has also enhanced a community space has been recognised at national level in this way.”

The Littlehaven scheme had previously won:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors North East Renaissance Award for ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ – 2014
ICE Robert Stephenson Award for ‘Project of the Year over £4m’ – 2014
Constructing Excellence North East Awards for ‘Infrastructure Project of the Year’ and overall ‘Project of the Year’ for the North East – 2015
Brownfield Briefing Awards for ‘Best Urban Regeneration Project’ – 2015
Northern Design Awards for ‘Best Commercial Landscape Design’ – 2015

The project was also shortlisted for the UK Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award at this year’s British Construction Industry (BCI) Awards.