The multi award-winning ‘National Centre for the Written Word’ challenges outdated perceptions of the traditional seaside town.

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

Creating a place for the 21st Century

The Word is a community library for the 21st Century, a place centred around people. It’s inclusive for all, with a variety of welcoming spaces for individuals, groups, children and adults, enabling a mix of interaction and study.

Far from the traditional perception of a stuffy, silent library, The Word incorporates innovative exhibition space, FabLab with 3D printers, a TV and radio studio, a children’s immersive storytelling area, the OpenZone IT suite, a café and a rooftop terrace with views over the Tyne.

Delivering excellence

We believe that great design shouldn’t be the preserve of metropolitan cities and that quality architecture can be a catalyst for changing perspectives. Working with an extremely talented design and delivery team, we’ve brought a world-class building to this Northern seaside town.

Cultural capital

The Word has caught the imagination of placemaking experts, novelists and actors alike, with its winning combination of architectural excellence and community benefit. It has received tens of industry awards, from community benefit to design innovation.

Community value

The Word has made a genuine difference to people’s lives with the opportunities it has created.

In its opening week it attracted over 24,000 visitors increasing to over 88,000 in the first two months.

It remains a popular, well-loved and well-used community asset.

Creating a place for the 21st Century

The Word is a community library for the 21st Century, a place centred around people. It’s inclusive for all, with a variety of welcoming spaces for individuals, groups, children and adults, enabling a mix of interaction and study.

Far from the traditional perception of a stuffy, silent library, The Word incorporates innovative exhibition space, FabLab with 3D printers, a TV and radio studio, a children’s immersive storytelling area, the OpenZone IT suite, a café and a rooftop terrace with views over the Tyne.

Delivering excellence

We believe that great design shouldn’t be the preserve of metropolitan cities and that quality architecture can be a catalyst for changing perspectives. Working with an extremely talented design and delivery team, we’ve brought a world-class building to this Northern seaside town.

Cultural capital

The Word has caught the imagination of placemaking experts, novelists and actors alike, with its winning combination of architectural excellence and community benefit. It has received tens of industry awards, from community benefit to design innovation.

Community value

The Word has made a genuine difference to people’s lives with the opportunities it has created.

In its opening week it attracted over 24,000 visitors increasing to over 88,000 in the first two months.

It remains a popular, well-loved and well-used community asset.

We've delivered

Our area-wide regeneration of South Shields town centre delivered:

Multi-award-winning library, exhibition and community venue
£21m state-of-the-art transport interchange
DWP workspace & Job Centre Plus
Public space
Refurbished marketplace

Muse are excellent partners who share our drive for the highest quality regeneration results.

David Cramond
Corporate Director, South Tyneside Council
David Baddiel
Comedian, Screenwriter and Author
Awards
Year
Award

2017

The Word, South Shields - North East Award

RTPI Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - Project of The Year

RICS North East Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology

CIAT Architectural Technology Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - Best Public Service Building

LABC Northern Building Excellence Awards

2017

The Word, South Shields - National Award

RIBA Awards

Location

The Word

45 Market Place, South Shields NE33 1JF
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