GQ2 Gateshead

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.


Date: 2006
Location: Gateshead, Tyne & Wear
Client: Kier Property Group for Gateshead MBC
Value: £100m
Service: Architecture: Feasibility/Bid Design