Plans unveiled for new 12,500-seat Gateshead entertainment venue

Plans have been revealed for a new 12,500-seat entertainment arena, conference and exhibition centre on a four-hectare brownfield site on the banks of the River Tyne at Gateshead.

Gateshead: site sits between Sage Gateshead (right) and Baltic arts centre (left)
Gateshead: site sits between Sage Gateshead (right) and Baltic arts centre (left)

The plans, being progressed by Gateshead Council in partnership with developers Ask Real Estate and investment firm PATRIZIA UK, would see the construction of the new arena, conference and exhibition facilities at Gateshead Quays.

The site sits directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and between the area’s most well-known buildings, Sage Gateshead and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

The plan would see the closure of the city’s existing Metro Radio Arena.

Gateshead Council leader Martin Gannon said: "We’ve wanted to regenerate and revitalise this key site on Gateshead Quays for a long time and internationally recognisable facilities of this scale has always been our long term aspiration.

"Not only will they bring new life to the area but they will bring new jobs and significantly boost the local and regional economy.

"An arena and conference and exhibition facility will also play an important role in complementing and strengthening demand for national and international conferences, exhibitions and events at Sage Gateshead and Baltic, as well as acting as a catalyst for wider investment across Gateshead and further stimulating economic growth."

A statement from the council said that the next step was for a detailed design to be drawn up ahead of the pre planning phases.

More details can be found here. 

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