Dunston Staiths, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE11 9LF
Dunston Staiths is celebrating its first opening season following recent restoration.
Opened by The North Eastern Railway Company in 1893, Dunston Staiths on the River Tyne is believed to be the largest timber structure in Europe. At its height, 5.5m tons of coal a year was taken by rail from the Durham coalfields and loaded from the Staiths onto ships waiting on the river, which transported coal around the British Isles and Internationally. enjoyed a fleeting revival for National Garden Festival in 1990, but lack of purpose and a number of subsequent fires put this important monument to the regions industrial past in danger of neglect beyond repair.
TWBPT now own the structure, and thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England (English Heritage), have restored the West End to enable public access once again, and aim to secure its future as a sustainable visitor attraction.
RIBA information boards will be on display providing information about this fascinating structure, revealing hidden facts and architectural tit-bits.
This event took place in September 2015 and the entry is now archived.
Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust
Date last modified: 22nd September 2015 at 11:35