An iconic Sunderland landmark has taken a step towards a bright new future, with a listed building application submitted to seek approval on plans that will breathe new life into it.

The Seaburn tram shelter is one of three historic buildings being revamped as part of a £850,000 investment from Sunderland City Council and The Coastal Communities Fund with plans to create exciting new developments for the area!



Tram Shelter Seaburn


The team behind East Boldon’s award winning Blacks Corner have submitted a listed building application outlining plans for the tram shelter, something they are required to do by the council given the shelter’s Grade II status. 

The proposals will be considered in the coming weeks, with a decision expected to be made in early 2022, and if they’re given the green light, the team from Blacks Corner will begin work on restoring this historic landmark! 

The team will start work with the local community to understand how they can contribute to the plans for the important community asset, ensuring it becomes a real focal point and meeting place for residents and visitors to Seaburn.

In their Listed Building application, the team at Blacks Corner have set out plans to undertake a series of sensitive restoration works to the fish-scale roof; the cast iron columns; rainwater goods; and the existing timber frames. The plans will also enclose the tram shelter by replicating the details and proportions of the existing building, with plans including a delicatessen, an accessible WC, kitchen and servery counter.



Tram Shelter Seaburn 1


Councillor and city cabinet member Kevin Johnston said:

 “Our seaside is transforming, and we have to keep investing in it to deliver the vibrant destination residents and visitors want to see. 

“Our heritage buildings are important parts of our seaside and we want to preserve the best parts of them, but return them to a modern-day use that will ensure that Seaburn and Roker grow their reputation as attractive places to visit and enjoy.  

“Blacks Corner has a deserved reputation for the quality of its offer, and anyone who has seen what they have achieved at Boldon will know that they really have a magnificent way of reinvigorating old buildings in a tasteful, sympathetic way, that protects and preserves the integrity of the space but brings them right up to date. 

“This was just one part of our decision to make them the preferred occupier for this building – because we absolutely know they will polish this under-utilised gem and ensure its place as a central community hub, as it once was, is reclaimed.”

He added: “Roker was recently recognised as ‘an exemplar of coastal regeneration’ by The Times, and building on that with further regeneration of heritage buildings like the Tram Shelter, the former Roker Toilet Block on Pier View and the Bay Shelter at Seaburn, will only enhance that.  It’s brilliant news for the seaside.”

The conversion of the old heritage building is part of a wider programme of transformation at Seaburn and Roker, with Sunderland City Council having spent more than £10m on seafront regeneration and improvements over recent years. 

We can’t wait to see what the tram shelter will look like if these dynamic transformation proposals get the green light!

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