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First phase of South Shield regeneration completes

First phase of South Shield regeneration completes

The first phase of South Tyneside Council’s and Muse Developments’ £100m 365 Regeneration of South Shields has completed with the official opening of The Word, the National Centre for the Written Word.

Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, with Bowmer & Kirkland as main contractor, the three storey, circular cultural centre overlooks the town’s refurbished Market Place and incorporates a library and digital media space. The range of facilities also includes exhibition space, a computer gaming area, a FabLab with 3D printers and vinyl and laser cutters, digitised archives, meeting rooms, children’s immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café and a rooftop space and terrace overlooking the river.

Costing £16m, The Word will offer a celebration of the written word through a rolling programme of exhibitions, events and workshops in addition to fulfilling a traditional library service with 72,000 books.

Designed, and on track, to achieve an Excellent accreditation from BREEAM, the terracotta panel clad building features three floors around a central atrium linked by a feature staircase and lifts.

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