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£100m library and media centre for South Tyneside

The new central library and media centre, South Shields Credit: South Tyneside Council

The first phase of £100m regeneration plans for South Tyneside has been given the green light, as South Tyneside Council’s Planning Committee has agreed to plans to transform South Shields town centre.

The Committee approved an application for a new iconic Central Library and Digital Media Centre on Ferry Street on the Riverside and improvements to the adjacent Market Place.

The Council and its development partner Muse Developments are due to start work on site in 2015.

Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This project is going to inject new vitality into the town and we anticipate that the Central Library and Digital Media Centre will attract visitors from across the region.”

The new building, which will have three floors plus a roof level, will include a library, flexible meeting rooms, exhibition space, an open zone IT suite, a ground floor cafe and a rooftop restaurant.

A new 40-space car park will also be constructed on vacant land on Harton Quays as part of the work.

Further consultation will take place with businesses and market traders over the next few months before work commences.