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Gateshead arena project reaches design stage

Gateshead arena project reaches design stage

Plans to design a new indoor arena, conference and exhibition centre in Gateshead have taken a step forward with the appointment of three architecture firms to design the complex.

Gateshead Council, which is working in conjunction with Ask Real Estate and German property firm Patrizia, has appointed a design team that includes architect firms HOK, AHR Architects and Planit-ie.

The 12,500-seat arena, conference centre and exhibition building at the heart of the development will be designed by HOK, while AHR is creating the layout of the ten-acre site. This will also include hotels, restaurants and car parking. Planit-ie will be the landscape architects for the scheme, which will place contain plenty of greenery into its urban, riverside setting.

Costing £200 million to develop, the project will be located in a prime position overlooking the Tyne, next to the iconic curved Gateshead Millennium Bridge and in between the Sage Gateshead and Baltic Arts Centre. It will also be within walking distance of Gateshead Metro Station, one of a small number of stops on the system located underground. 

Commenting on the appointment of the design team, head of development for the UK and Ireland at Patrizzia UK Daniel Williams said: "All three organisations were selected as they all have a fantastic reputation for designing major new centres. 

"These new facilities will certainly confirm Gateshead Quays as one of Europe’s key cultural locations."

Although it is located just across the Tyne from Newcastle, Gateshead has sought to benefit from its proximity to the popular city rather than being overshadowed by its neighbour. The close links between the two are physically reinforced by the plethora of bridges over the river, while the town has a number of notable cultural and retail features.

Among the latter is the huge Metro Centre, while Gateshead's cultural elements are not confined to the riverside, as the iconic Angel of the North stands on open land to the south of the town.

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