Green light for Gateshead’s £260m regeneration scheme

Gateshead Council’s planning committee has approved plans for the development of a £260m arena-led regeneration scheme which will see the creation of around 2,000 new jobs in the region, giving a £60m annual boost to the local economy.

The scheme, which sits on the NewcastleGateshead waterfront at Gateshead Quays, includes a world-class arena, purpose built conference and exhibition centre, restaurants, a dual branded hotel and large areas of outdoor realm and performance space. It is anticipated that it will attract more than 338,000 additional visitors to the region each year.

The plans were submitted by Gateshead Council’s development partner Ask:PATRIZIA, who have appointed Sir Robert McAlpine to build the 54,500 sqm scheme, designed by internationally renowned HOK Architects. Site enabling work will start before the end of the year with construction expected to commence in March 2021 and the new complex will open in 2023. An announcement on the hotel operator is expected to be made in the coming weeks.

Leading venue management company, ASM Global will operate the campus, which includes a 12,500 capacity, 29,000 sqm arena and over 7,000 sqm of flexible event space. It will host first class entertainment and sports alongside international conferences, meetings and exhibitions as well as festivals and cultural events.

Transformational project

Commenting on the impact the scheme will have on the region, Councillor Martin Gannon, Gateshead Council Leader said: 

We’ve wanted to revitalise this key site for a long time. Our long-term aspiration has always been to bring internationally recognisable facilities of this scale to not just Gateshead but the entire region.

Gannon continued:

This project is transformational, and today’s decision signals confidence in the North East. Newcastle Gateshead Quays will be a global leader in entertainment, leisure and hospitality but most importantly it is about creating new employment and training opportunities for thousands at a time when they are badly needed. Despite the current challenges, we need to remember the worth of the events industry. We look forward to opening the venue late 2023.

Speaking on behalf of the Ask:PATRIZIA partnership John Hughes, managing director of Ask Real Estate said:

We have worked closely with the Council and the wider stakeholders to ensure this regeneration scheme delivers maximum benefit to the wider region and will put this iconic waterfront on the map internationally.  We have brought together a world-class team of designers, architects and operators to deliver this scheme which will be one of Europe’s key cultural locations. We look forward to now starting construction work and bringing these superb public facilities to life.

Hughes continued:

The arena, hotel and conference centre completes this iconic waterfront location and will not only create jobs but provides the people of NewcastleGateshead with an exciting new leisure destination and a state-of-the-art music venue where they can see some of the world’s greatest bands perform right on their doorstep.

Dan Williams, Head of Development, UK and Ireland PATRIZIA added:

The scheme is designed with biodiversity and sustainability at its core and we have focused on the creation of superb outdoor spaces as well as delivering the new buildings and associated infrastructure. This will be especially important as we continue to deal with the legacy of Covid and the increased need for well-designed outdoor spaces and walkways.

Events campus

Tom Lynch – who will be speaking at our ALSD International conference and exhibition being held at Liverpool FC’s Anfield StadiumDirector of Business Development, Europe for ASM Global added:

This ambitious and transformational development will create a genuinely unique events campus with an iconic waterfront location. ASM Global has enjoyed over 25 years of success in the North East and we look forward to leveraging our global and local partnerships with leading entertainment, sports, corporate, convention and exhibition event producers, to cement NewcastleGateshead’s reputation as a sought-after business, leisure and cultural destination.

The scheme includes elevated areas with panoramic views across the River Tyne and 40 new seating areas as well as cycle provision across the site and capacity for electric vehicle charging points within the Council’s new multi-storey car park. It will also connect directly to Gateshead’s district energy network.

Award-winning global architect, HOK, has designed the overall masterplan for the site, conference and exhibition centre and arena while AHR Architects are designing the state-of-the-art hotel.

The project team also includes: Project Manager and Contract Administrator, Legends International; Planning Consultants, Lichfields; Landscape Architects, Planit:IE; Quantity Surveyor, Gardiner and Theobald; Structural Engineers/ M&E, ARUP; and Transport Planning, Vectos.

Images, copyright: HOK

The upcoming hybrid edition of ALSD International – Europe’s leading event for the Premium Seat & Sports Hospitality sector – will focus on increasing revenue via new builds, renovations, service expansions & technology, and reopening with confidence.

The event will be complemented by tours of Anfield, Goodison Park and M&S Bank Arena, as well as an innovative app and microsite – powered by Ungerboeck – providing attendees with unrivalled opportunities to network pre, during and post event.

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