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Builder appointed for Gateshead Quays Arena

Sir Robert McAlpine has scooped the contract to build a new waterfront conference and events destination at Gateshead Quays in the North East of England.

The development, situated on the iconic Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside, includes a 12,500-capacity arena; 6,300m2 of conference and exhibition space; two hotels, bars, restaurants, car parking and extensive areas of public realm.

The 12,500-capacity arena will be capable of holding major music and cultural events as well as hosting international conference and exhibitions.

Designed to bring new audiences to the region it is hoped it will also attract major political events and international delegates.

It is estimated that up to 300,000 new visitors will be drawn into the region each year boosting the economy by up to £30 million annually.

Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, Sheena Ramsey, said:

The appointment of Sir Robert McAlpine brings us a huge step closer to delivering this world class events destination for the region and we’re glad to have them on board. This development will act as a catalyst for renewed economic growth, maximising local employment, training and supply chain opportunities.

This is about being ambitious for Gateshead, we need everyone in the borough to be able to fulfil their true potential and projects like this create the conditions for them to thrive.

Speaking on behalf of developer Ask:Patrizia, John Hughes, managing director of Ask Real Estate said:

Sir Robert McAlpine has a reputation for technical excellence and delivering complex developments safely, on time and within budget. We are looking forward to working with them to see this superb facility materialise.

The new complex is set to open in 2023 with a full planning application expected to be submitted in early 2020.