Harton Quays Park, the £2.3 million waterfront park in South Shields designed by landscape architects Grant Associates for South Tyneside Council, has been awarded a specialist CEEQUAL Client & Design Award for excellence in sustainability.
Scheduled for completion in May 2013, Harton Quays Park will stretch along the River Tyne from South Shields ferry landing to the Customs House and feature curved embankments, an amphitheatre, lawns and colourful planting, a promenade, sheltered gardens and a dramatic pine grove viewing point. A curved ribbon wall made up of 144 precast concrete panels is just one of the key features of the new scheme.????
The park is part of a wider regeneration masterplan for South Shields Riverside, joint-funded by South Tyneside Council and the Homes and Communities Agency.????
CEEQUAL is an evidence-based Sustainability Assessment and Awards Scheme for civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and the public realm. The award celebrates the achievement of high environmental and social performance.
Harton Quays Park has received a ??Very Good?? commendation as part of the CEEQUAL award assessment, thanks to the collaborative efforts of designers working on the scheme, led by Grant Associates and civil engineers Mott MacDonald.??
The project areas identified by CEEQUAL where Harton Quays Park team excelled included:
?? Key public and stakeholder engagement
?? Key interest on sustainability
?? Public use of the park making it a destination
?? Production of a sustainability framework to guide the design
?? Development of a reinforced earth design to involve use of recycled demolition materials to reduce the need for supply of quarried aggregates;
?? Incorporation of a Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) channel to the base of the new ribbon wall to provide amenity and improve water quality.