Historic tram shelter and toilets given listed building status
SUNDERLAND City Council has welcomed the news that two of its historic buildings - Seaburn Tram Shelter and the Tram Shelter toilets have been given listed building status.
Historic England announced today that the Tram Shelter and toilets on the city's seafront have been given Grade II status. The listing comes almost two years after the City Council reopened the Tram Shelter toilets, following a sympathetic restoration to bring them back into use after being closed for a number of years.
Council Leader Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "The listing is fantastic news for Sunderland’s rich history and culture. It's only right that these two fantastic buildings at what was once the terminus of the tramline to Seaburn, should be recognised for their historic value.
"The City Council's sympathetic restoration of the Tram Shelter toilets shows what can be achieved when bringing historic and little used buildings back into use. We took great care to ensure that many of the architectural details were carefully restored and preserved during our restoration of the Tram Shelter toilets and our plans for the Tram Shelter are equally sympathetic.
"The future is bright for both buildings with the listing highlighting the continuing trend of Sunderland looking after and reusing historic buildings for benefit of its residents and visitors alike. This was reflected in the award last year of £800,000 Coastal Communities funding to bring a number of disused and little used buildings along our seafront back into use as cafes and restaurants as well as plans for 12 beach huts.
"This is a really exciting time for our seafront with a number of positive developments underway including the much anticipated STACK Seaburn on the site of the former Seaburn Centre and the new Seaburn Inn 40 bedroom pub with rooms being built by the award winning Inn Collection Group adjacent to this.
"The listing of the Tram Shelter and the Tram Shelter toilets just adds to our ambitious plans for the seafront, which has seen such an amazing transformation in recent years, and for the wider city with investment underway across Sunderland, including significant developments in the city centre."