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Gateshead arena construction to start next year

Work can begin early next year on a £260 million arena complex on Gateshead Quayside in the north-east of England after the UK government decided against calling the project in for further scrutiny.

Gateshead Council’s planning committee last month approved proposals for a 12,500-capacity arena, a conference centre and a hotel.

A request was lodged for a review by the National Planning Casework Unit – which could have led to an inspector launching an inquiry into the plans – but local government secretary Robert Jenrick decided against a call-in of the planning application. A Gateshead Council spokesperson said:

Gateshead Council confirms that The Secretary of State has decided not to call in this application. Construction is due to begin early 2021, giving a boost to the local supply chain and creating job opportunities at a time when the region needs it the most.

The scheme will see the creation of around 2,000 new jobs in the region, giving a £60 million annual boost to the local economy.

The project, which sits on the NewcastleGateshead waterfront at Gateshead Quays, includes a world class arena, purpose-built conference and exhibition centre, restaurants, a dual branded hotel and large areas of outdoor realm and performance space.

It is anticipated that it will attract more than 338,000 additional visitors to the region each year.

The plans were submitted by Gateshead Council’s development partner Ask:PATRIZIA, which has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine to build the 54,500m2 scheme, designed by internationally renowned HOK Architects.

Site enabling work will start before the end of the year with construction expected to commence in March 2021 and the new complex will open in 2023.

Leading venue management company ASM Global will operate the campus, which includes a 12,500 capacity, 29,000m2 arena and over 7,000m2 of flexible event space.

It will host first class entertainment and sports alongside international conferences, meetings and exhibitions as well as festivals and cultural events.

Image courtesy of HOK