South Tyneside Council

The Word

The Word is a magnificent new £16M cultural hub in South Shields, commissioned by South Tyneside Council, designed by FaulknerBrowns architects and built by Bowmer & Kirkland.

Sheridan Design is proud to have played a major part in the production of the building.

This is what we did:

Design & build of the Sir Ridley Scott Exhibition

A son of South Shields, Sir Ridley Scott is celebrated in an amazing tribute to his life, featuring six of his most popular movies. We built a media tower holding 21 monitors and three iPads. We commissioned a replica Martian helmet and a full size Alien figure. We also designed and produced an app focusing on each of the featured movies. We wrote the text, sourced all imagery and film clips and received the full approval of our exhibition from notorious perfectionist Sir Ridley Scott himself.

The exhibition runs until May 2017.

View the full project here

Children’s Media Wall

This consists of six state-of-the-art  touchscreen tablets, linked via mini-PCs to a central server and six monitors. Users can choose to colour in a template, draw a mask, illustrate a fairy story or create and send a postcard. The finished artwork can be emailed or saved to be shown on the monitors. We commissioned and installed the hardware and designed and produced the software.


The illustrations that we created for Storyworld are shown via high-specification projectors seamlessly onto all four walls of the room, coupled with sound to give a truly immersive storytelling experience which is enthralling for children.

Telescopes & touch tables

The location of The Word offers fine views over the Tyne and to take advantage of this we commissioned the manufacture of four telescopes; two for the interior lens platform and two situated on the roof.

Two 42” touchtables feature live ship tracking, a selection of nautical images fromSouth Tyneside Council’s extensive archive and an interactive app showing the location of shipwrecks around the mouth of the Tyne.

All hardware and software was commissioned and designed by Sheridan Design.