Work to start on Seaburn car park

Work on a new seaside car park that will supply spaces for almost 100 vehicles is set to get started within days.

The car park on Dykelands Road, Seaburn, is being built to ensure that the area has adequate parking provision for new leisure developments currently taking shape – the first of which, STACK Seaburn, opened earlier this month [Friday, September 4].  Work is set to get started on Monday [September 21], with some minor enabling works taking place this week.

Accessed to the east of seaside eatery Martinos, the new public car park is expected to be complete by the end of the year and – added to other planned provision across Seaburn – is part of a range of parking upgrades to improve access to emerging leisure developments at the seafront.  Parking is also being enhanced at Roker. 

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, which will operate the car park, said: “We are seeing our seaside become an increasingly popular destination, with new developments such as STACK Seaburn bringing in the crowds – and more to follow when a new inn with rooms currently under construction opens in 2021.

“It is important that we make it as easy as possible for people to visit our seaside, and enjoy its fantastic leisure offer – and in doing so, we create the right conditions for small businesses in the area to succeed.  We have world-class beaches, and a leisure offer that is developing into something really special.  We want more and more people to come and enjoy it. 

“We are putting in place the building blocks to transform Seaburn into a vibrant seaside destination, with an offer that will appeal to a wide range of visitors.  Parking is one part of that effort.”

The car park will feature re-provided trees and soft landscaping to ensure it is an attractive addition to Seaburn, that compliments the area, which has itself seen significant landscaping improvements over the last decade. 

“We’re re-providing trees where they have been removed to create access, and we’re adding more green landscaping to the car park too.  We have a stunning seaside, and we want every park of that to look as attractive as possible, enhancing the natural beauty of the place,” added Councillor Miller. 

As well as the car park, the council is also investing in a wider £2.32m programme of landscaping around the seafront.    

Public realm upgrades will be made to the western footway - Ocean Park frontage - including visual improvements to the pumping station on the corner of Dykelands Road, and new east-west pedestrian links.  And work will also extend to Cut Throat Dene, with soft landscaping, biodiversity improvements and new equipped play facilities also set to enhance the area. 

Sunderland City Council has invested more than £10m in recent years along the seafront at Roker and Seaburn. The new works are a continuation of these and are lined-up to support developments in the area, including the new STACK Seaburn, which opened its doors earlier this month.  STACK is built from 87 shipping containers assembled to create an experiential leisure destination.  And immediately next door, construction is underway on a new 40-bed Seaburn Inn, which is set to open early in 2021.

Other developments planned for Seaburn and Roker include regeneration of under-used and historic buildings along the promenade.  Plans will see a former toilet block at Roker, along with the former Bay Shelter and the old tram shelter at Seaburn – all of which were recently given Listed Status - transformed into cafés and restaurants, and plans are also afoot for 12 beach huts, that will stand just north of House of Zen.  There will also be upgrades to the infrastructure of Seaburn Camp to make it better for touring caravans.

There are plans for development of a second phase of Pier Point in Roker, after the success of the first phase.  Sunderland City Council has lodged proposals with its own planning authority for extra spaces at the Marine Walk Car Park in Roker, which services Pier Point, which will increase the number of spaces by 50 per cent.