Planning submitted for Gateshead Quays arena-led scheme
Gateshead Council’s development partner, Ask:PATRIZIA, has submitted a full planning application for the £260m arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays.
The 80,000sqft development, which will host international conferences and exhibitions, as well as music and cultural events, is situated on the iconic Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, directly in front the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The scheme will include a 12,500-capacity arena, operated by ASM Global, an international conference and exhibition centre, a dual branded hotel, restaurants and extensive areas of public realm. It is expected to add over 1,000 jobs and £29m GVA per annum to the regional economy.
The Council will be submitting a planning application later this year for a multi-storey car park on Baltic Quarter to service the development.
Ask:PATRIZIA is a joint venture between Ask Real Estate Limited and PATRIZIA AG, the pan-European real estate investment partner, for the development of Gateshead Quayside.
Commenting on behalf of the partnership, John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Real Estate, said:
We have undertaken a programme of public consultation with local stakeholders and neighbours, which has informed our plans for Gateshead Quays, and we are pleased that we are now able to take this through to the final stage of the planning process.
Our appointed contractors, Sir Robert McAlpine, have been engaging with the technical teams and with the arena operator ASM Global and we have signed-off stage 2 designs for what will be a world-class events destination. We are hopeful that the scheme will achieve full planning consent later this year and look forward to delivering this superb facility for the North East as soon as possible.
The scheme will also benefit from the ability to connect directly to Gateshead’s district energy network. An announcement on the hotel operator is expected to be made in the coming weeks and the new complex is set to open in 2023.
Award-winning global architecture firm, HOK, is designing the overall masterplan for the site, conference and exhibition centre, and 12,500-capacity arena, while AHR Architects is designing the state-of-the-art hotel, which forms part of the masterplan, with Sir Robert McAlpine the contractor.
The project team also includes:
Project Manager & Contract Administrator: Legends International
Planning Consultants: Lichfields
QS: Gardiner & Theobald
Structural & Mechanical Engineers: Arup
Transport planning: Vectos
The site for the new waterfront complex at Gateshead Quays is being hailed as one, if not the most, truly exciting conference and events settings in the UK. Located directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and at the heart of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, the scheme will stand shoulder to shoulder with the iconic Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, whilst being minutes from Newcastle City Centre.
The site is well supported by transport links with regional, national and international connectivity through Newcastle Central Station and Newcastle International Airport. The complex will be operated by renowned venue management group ASM Global and designed by leading architecture firm HOK.
It’s expected to add over 1,000 jobs and £29m GVA per annum to the regional economy and is unique in the fact that it benefits from the ability to connect directly to a low carbon district energy network on site.
About ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centres, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.
ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners, and operations, and amazing experiences for guests.
By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders.
Images, courtesy: HOK
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