We’ve transformed part of South Shields town centre into a well-connected destination and new cultural quarter.

Delivered by
Muse
Location
South Shields
Use
Civic & Community / Infrastructure / Leisure / Mixed Use / Public Space
Website
theworduk.org

A new future

The Word is the centre piece of this transformation. The multi-award-winning ‘National Centre for the Written Word’ put the town back on the map. The iconic, modern architecture and its innovative uses challenge perceptions of the traditional seaside town, and of what the humble library can be.

The Word

We’ve put healthy connectivity at the forefront of the masterplan, with a brand new £21m state-of-the-art transport interchange, which has brought together the town’s Metro and bus station, with improved accessibility for the whole community.

In numbers

£million

Value

Library books

years

Duration

£million

Civic building
Awards
Year
Award

2017

The Word, South Shields - National Award

RIBA Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - Social Value

Constructing Excellence Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - Building of the Year

RIBA North East Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields

RIBA North East Award

2017

The Word, South Shields - Civic Building of the Year

SPACES Awards

Our partners

Location

South Shields

Market Place,
South Shields
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