Archive for July, 2012

One of the North East most iconic landmarks has started a path to a new life with a little help from Prism. Spanish City is a listed building on the seafront of Whitley Bay and is recognised as a nationally important example of our Edwardian forefathers. In its hey day the complex attracted thousands of people to the town and was a vital part of the tourist economy. Sadly the spectacular buildings have fallen into disrepair and haven’t been used for around 15 years. Members of North Tyneside Council resolved to approve a planning application for the start of works to the complex that will see around £20m being invested over time to provide a new hotel, care home, housing as well as new shop units and the refurbishment of the complex itself. We spoke at the planning committee and helped members understand the nature of the programme and the approach of our client, Robertson Construction. It was a testimony to the quality of the scheme and the presentation of the supporting case that no member of the Council opposed the application. A great deal of effort was put into working with the local community and nearly 700 residents wrote in support of the scheme whilst less than 50 objected. Thanks go to Results Communications for all their hard work. The grant of the outline consent will now be followed up by more detailed reserved matter applications and listed building consent applications. There is still a lot more planning work to do but at least the Spanish City complex has hopefully started its journey towards a new life. We are very grateful to Robertsons for being involved in such a fascinating and challenging project.