The design for this 33,500m2 development won a
nationwide competition launched by Gateshead Metropolitan Borough
Council. The scheme - to include restaurants, cafés, bars,
multiplex cinema, shops, hotel, car parking and 324 apartments - is
part of a major urban regeneration project at Gateshead Quays Phase
2 site on the banks of the Tyne. Submitted by WGI in conjunction
with Kier Property, the proposal beat heavy competition.
The brief called for the creation of a link between - and
appropriate urban setting for - two iconic buildings, the BALTIC
Centre for Contemporary Arts and The Sage Gateshead. It had to
provide a wide range of facilities to create a new cultural and
commercial heart. The winning design also had to be commercially
viable and deliverable.
WGI's design overcame considerable challenges, including creating
a family-friendly pedestrian environment despite a 25 metre change
of level across the site, and providing an ecologically-designed
landscape whilst retaining the strong urban context and paying
homage to the site's industrial heritage.
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