Capita's building control team support in Spanish City award

A regeneration project in North Tyneside has won a ninth award – after it was nominated by Capita’s building control team.

Painted white to resemble a typical Spanish village, the restoration of Spanish City in Whitley Bay has been crowned the winner in the best change of use of an existing building or conversion category in the LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Northern Region Building Excellence Awards.

It was also shortlisted in two other categories - best commercial project and best public service building while Andrew Coleman, of Robertson Construction which delivered the scheme, was nominated for LABC construction professional of the year.

The awards ceremony was held at The Hilton Hotel, Gateshead on Friday, July 5.

It’s the ninth time the restoration scheme has been recognised since Spanish City reopened in July 2018.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said:

“The accolades for Spanish City just keep coming and it’s wonderful to see. The job that’s been done to bring such a fantastic building back to life, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the community, has been incredible and I’m just so proud of what’s been achieved.”

The regeneration of the iconic Grade II listed building was key to North Tyneside Council’s £36m Seafront Masterplan.

The conservation approach was to retain as much original material and features as possible. Lost features were reinstated and the stunning rotunda was returned to its original splendour, while providing high quality popular facilities to sustain the building’s future. New copper clad extensions are contemporary to clearly differentiate between old and new.

The building control team aims to ensure building work in the borough is compliant with building regulations legislation and, where possible, uses energy efficient design and construction. The service is delivered for the local authority by Capita.

Building surveying manager, Craig Gill said:

“The Dome refurbishment project was extra special due to the cooperation between Robertson’s project manager Andy Coleman, Capita’s senior building control surveyor, Richard Shepherdson, and the council’s clerk of works, Stuart Peel. This meant the project benefited hugely from this team’s problem-solving skills along with their care and attention to detail which lead to a top quality award winning heritage building; an icon for the borough and a result that all involved can be proud of.”