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Spanish City, Whitley Bay, England

Renovation of the ‘Spanish City’ is at the heart of a regeneration plan for the coastal town of Whitley Bay in north east England. This collection of Edwardian seaside pleasure buildings built in 1910 fell into disrepair during the 1970s. Although closed since the 1990s, they remained symbolic of the town’s civic history.

The protected buildings have now been restored to their former glory and historic features reinstated, including copper terpsichorean figures, or ‘dancing ladies’, surmounting rebuilt cupolas crowning the towers. Contrasting contemporary additions at either end of the building are characterised by pre-patinated copper perforated panels, matching the dancing ladies’ materiality while adding transparency.

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Building

Owner: 
Spanish City
Completion date: 
2018
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
NE26 1BG
City: 
Whitley Bay
Street: 
Spanish City Plaza
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Transparent structures
Type of building: 
Cultural
Restaurants
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
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Architect

Name, office: 
ADP
Address & description: 
33A Vittoria Street, Birmingham, B1 3ND

Copper contractors

Title: 
Chemplas
Address & description: 
Triskell House, Brunswick Industrial Estate Brunswick Village, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE13 7BA

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