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Thank you for sharing this interesting article on waterfront regeneration. Indeed, the river was always an important factor for the success and prosperity of a city in the past, especially during the Industrial Revolution. The decline of industrial activities has led to sites along the river left vacant and in a derelict state. This could also be seen in Newcastle, such as the Spillers Quay, Forth Yards etc., which has laid vacant for an extensive period.

Various ideas have been brought forward for the future of these sites, including a new leisure destination in Spillers Quay (BBC News, 2018), incorporating fun warehouse, giant sculptures, an observation wheel and new waterfront corridor connecting to the Newcastle Quayside. I have also discussed about this in a separate article where a new linear riverside park is set to open in London.

CGI of the Whey Aye and Giants on the Quayside (Whitfield, 2019)

Despite these sites are often associated with contamination and viability issues, they are often located in ‘prime’ location (proximity to the urban core and on the riverfront). However, many of these sites have remained empty for decades. Instead of leaving them vacant, could we turn them into temporary public open space for people to use and enjoy for the time being?


BBC News (2018) Whey Aye Wheel Plans for Newcastle Quayside. Available at: (Accessed: 10 May 2019).

Whitefield, G. (2019) CGI of the Whey Aye and Giants on the Quayside. Available at:  (Accessed: 10 May 2019).


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