Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration No Place like Dome after PS10m Restoration

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Byline: Tom Ough Reporter tom.ough@trinitymirror.com

MILLIONS of pounds of Lotto cash is finally to be used to restore a Tyneside seaside landmark.

The Spanish City Dome at Whitley Bay is to undergo the PS3.47 million revamp agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It was seen as one of the last pieces of the funding puzzle and its award sparked celebrations at North Tyneside Council after years of work towards the preservation of the historic building.

Between the HLF grant, PS4million of council investment, and a donation of PS2.5million from Coastal Communities Fund, the PS10m overall restoration costs of the Grade II-listed Dome have now been met.

The Dome is the centrepiece of a PS36million seafront transformation which will bring 100 jobs to Whitley Bay.

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn heralded a "wonderful" future for the Dome and looked forward to work beginning as soon as possible.

She said: "This is fantastic news for North Tyneside as I know how much it means to people.

"When I was elected residents told me they wanted less talk and more action - especially when it comes to Whitley Bay and the Spanish City where they want to see things done.

"Our council officers have worked tirelessly to bring this scheme to life.

"They have worked closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund and created a future plan for the Dome which will see it restored to its former splendour and used in ways that will be truly fitting for a building of such significance. "The Dome has a rich and wonderful history and this HLF grant will guarantee its future is just as wonderful.

"I will ensure that work starts at the earliest possible time and I promise that I will keep residents informed of progress."

The revamped landmark will have its ground floor removed to have the dome visible from throughout the building, and will boast shops and restaurants as well as space for cultural and community activities.

Kymel Trading Ltd will manage its restoration. …

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