The Word

Project management for Muse Developments as part of the 10 year, South Shields 365 plan.


Muse Developments


South Shields





The Word was an ambitions first phase development.  Designed by Faulkner Brown and constructed by Bowmer and Kirkland, Ward Robinson were Project Manager working for Muse Developments.

Developed for South Tyneside Council, The Word is a new state-of-the-art cultural venue in South Shields’ overlooking the refurbished Market Place. The ambition is for The Word to be the home for North East writing talent. The building acts as a hub of literary and creative resources and inspiration offering the most innovative digital learning experiences, as well as a library of over 70,000 books.


  • Regional Finalist, Civic Trust Awards 2018
  • Shortlisted, Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design, Civic Trust Awards 2018
  • Project of the Year, RICS Awards 2017, North East
  • Community Benefit, RICS Awards 2017, North East
  • Design through Innovation, RICS Awards 2017, North East
  • Tourism & Leisure, RICS Awards 2017, North East
  • Building of the Year, RIBA North East Awards 2017
  • RIBA North East Award, RIBA North East Awards 2017
  • Best Public Service Building, LABC Northern Awards 2017
  • Public Sector Interiors Project of the Year, Mixology North16 Awards
  • Best Regeneration or Restoration Award, Living North Awards 2016

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