Amble Development Trust

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Amble Development Trust:
Physical Regeneration Projects

Queen St · Pier and Breakwater · The Fourways · Fourways2 · Town Square · Welfare · Paddlers

Amble Development Trust place high emphasis on asset generation and see our physical regeneration projects as a great opportunity to further this end. Building our asset portfolio to increase the sustainability and long term viability of the Trust.

Since 1994, the Trust has undertaken a number of significant physical regeneration projects in the town which have had a considerable impact across the whole landscape of Amble.

Traditional Shopping

Derelict building transformed into 'Pride of Northumbria'

The old Co-op department store The new units were opened in Oct 2011
The new Pride of Northumbria shop stocks fine foods from Northumberland We make our own award winning preserves
Crafts, paintings and photographs by local artists can also be purchased

Amble Development Trust was granted £93,767 for interior restructuring work on the old Co-op department store. Amble's DP Builders won the building contract to divide the existing ground floor space into three separate retail units.      

Julia Aston Director of Amble Development Trust said “It's good to see all the Trust's hard work has come to fruition. Hopefully it will have a positive impact in Queen Street, rather than the half-shuttered building which was there before. I'd like to thank the funders and everyone who worked so hard in bringing this together. I'd also like to thank the local residents and businesses on Queen Street for their patience and consideration.”      

The money was granted by the Rural Development Programme for England(RDPE), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), DEFRA and One NorthEast and funding was facilitated by Northumberland County Council.      

The designers Jane Darbyshire David Kendall are from Newcastle and the interior refurbishment work was carried out by Amble firm DP Builders.

A grant to improve the exterior of the building was awarded from English Heritage and Northumberland County Council's CAPS scheme. Work began on the shopfront in January 2011.      

For more information on the retail units, please contact Julia Aston at Amble Development Trust; 01665 712929

One NorthEast Northumberland County Council

Queen Street, Amble

Queen Street is Amble's main shopping street and it is also the town's main thoroughfare. In common with many other parts of the town it has a very pleasant traditional character.

Amble Development Trust completed a very successful project to develop Queen Street whilst keeping the traditional nature of the shops and shopping available in the street.

new street furniture in Queen Street

Changes were made to restore Queen Street's appearance and to improve usability of the street. Parking bays have been allocated with distinct cobbled areas and street furniture has been provided.

The street furniture has recently been replaced in blue and silver.

Pier and Breakwater

The Wind & The Waves!!

Opening of the pier

One of Amble's star attractions is the harbour's South Pier and promenade.

The pier has benefited from costly refurbishment work completed early in 2000 and funded by English Partnerships.

The pier and promenade now provide a safe and scenic walkway with new decking, guard rails, seats and stylish lighting columns.

The coal trade was the main business of the port until 1969, but now Amble is one of few working fishing ports on the Northumberland coast. Fishing, the sea and the harbour continue to play an important part in the life of the town.

Amble RNLI lifeboat The Four Boys

Amble has its own RNLI Mersey class lifeboat, 'The Four Boys'. The lifeboat berth costing £350,000 was installed at Radcliffe Quay in 2001.

Warkworth Harbour Commission invested £800,000 in the harbour and pier revitalisation and estuary dredging. Broomhill and Radcliffe Quays were reinstated. *

*Please note that since the floods of September 2008, some areas of the Harbour are not currently accessible to the public. More information.

The Fourways

The Fourways Building

The Fourways was formerly the Station Hotel, a well known Vaux drinking establishment in the town.

Exhibiting superb visionary skills Amble Development Trust purchased the derelict property for £1 from the brewery. The building has now been transformed into a different type of focal point for the community.

The Fourways now houses a number of our tenants and formerly the Development Trust.


In January 2008 The Development Trust moved into their new home across the road from the old Fourways building. Set over three levels the new Fourways 2 is an award -winning modern spacious office environment with cutting edge facilities.


Fourways 2 is set on the grounds of the former Norseman building (pictures below) an old dance hall in Amble that had become run down and unused. The Fourways 2 project offered the chance to regenerate a gateway building in the town and offer a much needed service hub.

The Facilities that the building offers include a large adaptable conference room with High Definition facilities, high speed wireless internet access and a modern crisp feel and a smaller meeting room capable of delivering quality electronic content.

In December 2008 Fourways2 won The Journal's Judges' Gem Landmark award, for demonstrating excellence in building.

The Town Square

opening of the Town Square Completed in May 2001 and transforming a previously run-down area of derelict buildings, the Town Square now provides a major focal point in the town for residents and visitors alike. Features include:-
Town Square with sundial The Gnomon (sundial) - one of the largest in Europe and accurate to within 15 seconds!
one of the stone trail designs

A historic trail depicted in carved stones showing the images from the town's history taken from original designs by Amble school children

amphitheatre in the Town Square An ampitheatre surrounded by nine 8 metre masts displaying sails and flags denoting the town's links with the sea, tourism and commerce.
original design for the Town Square

Five of the six trees are dedicated to the schools in the town, the sixth tree has been designated 'The Town Tree'.

A feature garden remembers Muriel Usher, one of the town's characters and two bench seats are dedicated to the memory of Dr and Mrs Robertson and Jesse Taylor.

The experts in bringing together this project included artist Bridget Jones, stonemason David Edwick, architects Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall Ltd plus local construction company D P Builders.

The Welfare

Thanks to Talk Talk for their generous contribution towards the renovation of the Pavillion

The Development Trust has taken responsibility for the Amble Welfare from the now defunct Alnwick District Council and have begun to address many years of under investment.

It is the case that funding for such projects is difficult to obtain and is not always available in a logical development sequence. Therefore when the first funding became accessible it was to provide play equipment for children up to 12 years old and to construct two MUGAs (Multiple Use Games Areas) for older users.

Funding for the refurbishment has been provided by the Big Lottery Children's Play Fund and Alnwick Distrtict Council

The site itself requires a modern and safer access for pedestrians and vehicular traffic and funding is now available to deliver this.

original view of welfare
old play equipment at welfare
old gate at welfare
Above: the Welfare as it used to look, with few facilities for youngsters. What equipment there was had fallen into disrepair.
Below: the Welfare Opening and new play equipment for the young people of Amble.
adults at welfare opening new play equipment at welfare
new welfare equipment1
new welfare equipment2
child playing on new welfare equipment

New Skatepark

Amble's skatepark was officially opened in July 2011 to rapturous approval from local young people. “It's epic” said one youngster.

The £180,000 skatepark took five years of campaigning,  fundraising, designing, planning and building before local youngsters had somewhere official to skate and bmx.

jumping for joy at the opening of the new Skatepark

A group of skaters worked with Coquet Youth Team and Amble Development Trust to bring the project to fruition.

Skater and campaigner Christian Harvey explains how the skatepark came into being (video includes skate footage from the opening day)

The Paddlers

New play equipment was installed at the Paddlers site in 2005. Costing £37,000, the equipment was chosen by youngsters from Edwin St., Amble Links and St Cuthbert’s First Schools and Amble Middle School.

play equipment at the paddlers youngsters on rope bridge
using the new slide youngster playing at the paddlers

An exhibition was put up at their schools so they could look at pictures of the different types of play equipment and the youngsters were asked to vote for the scheme they liked best. Alnwick District Council contributed £25,000 to the revamping of the play area, Amble Development Trust raised £10,000 for the scheme and the Town Council
donated £2,000.

paddlers playground in 2008 In 2008, a further £25,000 was raised via the Big Lottery, to improve the surfacing of the playground at the Paddlers. The new surface incorporated bright colours and games.



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