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SMG to operate Gateshead Quays arena

SMG Europe has been announced as the operator for a new arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays, Tyneside UK.

The site for the new £260m waterfront complex on Gateshead Quays includes a 12,500 seat arena and is being hailed as one of the most exciting events settings in the UK.

Located directly opposite the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the banks of the River Tyne and at the heart of Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, the scheme will nestle in between Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art whilst being minutes from Newcastle City Centre.

The scheme, developed by Ask Real Estate and PATRIZIA UK and designed by HOK, includes 6,300m2 of conference and exhibition space together with additional 2,800 m2 of flexible meeting space. Extensive public realm links all buildings including the 12,500-capacity indoor arena, hotels and restaurants.

John Sharkey, executive vice president of SMG Europesaid:

We’re delighted to be working with Gateshead Council on this exciting scheme, to move our established business across to such an iconic, central location. The North East has always been an important region for SMG and we look forward to building upon the ongoing success of the Utilita Arena and Whitley Bay Playhouse, to further develop the events landscape and strengthen the North East economy.

Our events calendar continues to be incredibly strong in Newcastle and we’ve recently welcomed fantastic new partnerships with Utilita, LNER and Metro Radio, among others. This ongoing commitment and investment, allied to the vision and ambition from Gateshead Council and AskPatrizia, demonstrates a very clear bellwether for the regional economy, and the attractiveness of the events sector in NewcastleGateshead.  We look forward to working with a range of National and regional partners, to bring more entertainment, conferencing and exhibitions to Gateshead Quays and cement its reputation as a world-class leisure and cultural destination.

Cllr Martin Gannon, Leaderof Gateshead Council said:

This is an exciting step forward for Gateshead and North East England. Working with SMG is a game changer for the project and for this landmark site. It will build on our existing iconic developments on Gateshead Quays creating a truly world-class cultural, events, entertainment and business destination. This development is a catalyst for regional growth within the retail, hotel and leisure sectors.