Sunderland Seafront - Roker Marine Walk
Whilst Sunderland is widely recognised for its industrial past, the City also boasts two stunning beaches in the historic resorts of Seaburn and Roker.
Historically successful seaside resorts, Seaburn and Roker have suffered declining fortunes of late, but remain a source of considerable pride for the community of Sunderland.
The rejuvenation of Roker’s ‘Marine Walk’ Promenade and Seaburn Promenade represents a best practice example of how planning and design disciplines has taken a lead role in the transformation of the public realm, influencing the delivery of outcomes, which have reignited community confidence and contributed to changing perceptions of Sunderland as a place to live and a place to visit.
The promenade projects
A corporate and strategic commitment from the City Council to transform the fortunes of Roker and Seaburn kick started the Seafront Regeneration Project.
Tasked with breathing new life into Seaburn and Roker and led by the Council’s Planning Implementation and in-house Landscape Architects Teams, the project established Seaburn Promenade and Roker Marine Walk as priorities for investment.
Both sites represent the focal points of each resort, from where views of the two stunning sandy beaches of Whitburn Bay and Roker Sands can be enjoyed. However these areas were also particularly symbolic of the areas’ decline - displaying evidence of wear and tear, crumbling public areas and poor access.
Works were carried out over two phases at both Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade with completion of the second phases in early 2014.