Work Continues On Swan Hunters Redevelopment

Swan Hunters Shipyard To Become A Low Carbon High Tech Enterprise Zone & Business Park

Work started in 2009 to transform the old Swan Hunters shipyard into a high tech business & enterprise Park is now reaching its latest stage.

Over the years since 2009  North Tyneside council carried out work to repair the quay, upgrade access roads, install electricity,  and drainage and water to the iconic ship building  site.

Part of the site was sold in 2013, then in 2014 the site received classification as an enterprise zone which  allowed investors on the site to be eligible for enhanced capital allowances providing opportunities to access millions of pounds, to support their move to the enterprise zone.

Following assessment of  offers Shepherd Offshore LTD was selected as the preferred buyer with the sale completed in December 2020.

Shepherd Offshore will now work to bring forward redevelopment of the site as Swans Energy Park and attract other businesses in the offshore, subsea, marine and energy sectors to locate at the site.

A19 Wallsend Silverlink Junction Road Works

Work that began in 2016 to create a state of the art new multi layer junction at the Wallsend section of the Coast Road has reached it’s final phase.

The construction allows better access to both the Wallsend Silverlink retail park and those heading North & South on the A19 leading to and from the Tyne Tunnel crossing in East Howdon.

The reported £75 million pound scheme in Wallsend, North Tyneside, was carried out by Highways England, who say the new triple-decker junction will improve traffic flow on what is one of the busiest routes in the region.

The planners stated aim was to improve road safety and relieve the heavy congestion caused by over 69,000 vehicles passing through the junction each day.

Speed restriction are still being enforced on the 1058 Coast Rd running from Wallsend up through to North Shields.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Junction Designers

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Junction Designers

The Ritz Wallsend

The now renovated Ritz bingo hall in Wallsend

The Ritz Façade In Wallsend

What seems like only a few years ago members of the Wallsend public would have been having a bite to eat at home before heading out to play a game of Bingo or two.

Before that even (pre-1962 cinema at the Ritz) they might have been getting ready to go and see a new cinema release

The Ritz Cinema was renamed and transformed into the” Mecca Bingo Hall in 1962 but the bingo club was eventually closed in 2011 and has now been transformed (by Wetherspoon’s) at a cost near to 2 million pounds into a huge new restaurant/public house, once again “officially” called The Ritz.

Though this huge locally iconic building situated on High Street West in Wallsend town centre has obviously undergone some dramatic changes over the years, the new owners have kept some of the memory of the old uses for the building alive, with some quietly spoken touches both inside and outside the building.

The following photo gallery will give you an Idea of the changes that have been made and what you can look forward to when you go for a meal and a drink at the Ritz, Wallsend.