‘THE REDCAR AND CLEVELAND REGENERATION MASTERPLAN’
Yuk Lee is an artist photographer who mainly works with film. He continues in his personal project, which he undertook for his MA, The British Horse Racing Industry; his work has been exhibited at The Reg Vardy Gallery and The Priestman Gallery (Sunderland) in joint exhibitions.
A member of the newly formed collective “Mimeses North”, he participates in the group’s socially engaged photographic projects. Yuk Lee’s latest work with the group is a visual exploration of the seaside town of Redcar; a town where the council have invested in its infrastructure in order to revitalise the once popular seaside resort.
According to the ‘Redcar and Cleveland Regeneration Masterplan’ of April 2010…
‘By 2025 Redcar will have been reborn and its seafront transformed. Redcar is once again a great day out but what’s more, the town itself is working, serving the people of Redcar and the communities of the Borough with good quality shops and services and strong links to Middlesbrough. Redcar is a destination of choice- to live, work and shop and for the attraction of the coast.’
2025 is a long way off to say whether the council’s aim will come to fruition or not; the 30m pounds spent on the seawall and the construction of the Redcar Beacon (started in Jan 2011 and completed in March 2013) have certainly attracted both praise and criticism. Some local businesses have complained that the two years it took to complete the project have affected their income and almost pushed them to the brink; although the finished seawall is to be congratulated for its engineering skills, the same can’t be said of the Beacon, for it was voted as one of the country’s ugliest construction by “Building Design” for 2013.
As for EDF’s Off-shore wind farm which was started in February of 2012 and completed by June of 2013 seem to have become part of the landscape almost overnight, attracting visitors to see its gigantic blades and marvel at its location.