Plans to go in next year

Sir Robert McAlpine has been chosen for a £260m conference and events development in Gateshead.

The 80,000ft2 development at the town’s quayside will include a 12,500-capacity arena, conference and exhibition centre.

It will be built near the town’s Millennium Bridge, designed by Wilkinson Eyre and which won the Stirling prize in 2002, and between Laing O’Rourke’s Sage Gateshead arts building, designed by Foster + Partners, and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, an old flour mill turned into a new venue by Bam.

The new arena will also feature two hotels, bars, restaurants, car parking and large areas of public realm.

HOK are designing the overall masterplan for the site, while AHR Architects are the practice behind a hotel that will form part of the plans.

The wider project team includes consultant Legends as project manager and contract administrator, QS Gardiner and Theobald and Arup as structural and M&E engineers.

The project is being developed by Gateshead Council in partnership with Ask Real Estate and real estate investor Patrizia.

A full planning application is expected to be submitted early next year, with the new complex set to open in 2023.

HOK GQ Render 2

Source: HOK

How the new arena will look