Spanish City

Hospitality

Location

Whitley Bay

Contractor

Robertson

Client

North Tyneside Council

Products

Ares / Kingfisher / Hacel / Thorn

The iconic tourist attraction Spanish City funfair in Whitley Bay, features a Renaissance-style frontage and grade II listed dome. Originally built in 1910, the dome has stunning architecture and a unique design. 

But then came a steady decline in its appearance and importance.

Now, almost 18 years after its closure, Spanish City has been restored to its former glory. This includes the restoration and repair of many previously lost original features and the addition of modern extensions, as well as a new rear entrance and the refurbishment of the famous ‘dancing ladies’.

The regeneration of Spanish City was made possible by North Tyneside Council, which has also granted permission for a new Premier Inn and restaurant near to the famous Geordie landmark. The council invested £4 million, secured an additional £3.4 million of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and gained a Coastal Communities Fund grant of more than £2.5 million, bringing the total investment to almost £10 million.

Park was brought into the project by main contractor, Robertson, and in turn worked alongside Hacel, a lighting company based in Wallsend, to design and supply the lighting both internally and externally.

Work has taken place both internally and externally with an addressable, networked lighting system. The visuals are modern but with a nod to the venue’s Renaissance heritage with soft mood lighting proposed.

The exterior consists of a marine grade to prevent corrosion. Within the dome, 3D renders create a spectacular ambiance. Up-and-down elegant lighting also features within the walls adding character and grace to the building. All lighting is LED, dimmable and includes large scale heritage pendants within the entrance area of the venue.

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