Planning submitted for £260m Gateshead Quays arena scheme

The new £260m arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays passed a major milestone after Gateshead Council’s development partner Ask:PATRIZIA submitted a full planning application.

The 80,000 sq ft development, which will host international conferences and exhibitions as well as music and cultural events, is situated on the Quayside, directly in front of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The scheme will include a 12,500 capacity arena, operated by ASM Global, an international conference and exhibition centre, a dual branded hotel, restaurants, and extensive areas of public realm. It is expected to add over 1,000 jobs and £29 million GVA per annum to the regional economy.

Paul Szomoru, director of business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The planning application for the Gateshead Quays development has come at a crucial time for the business events industry. The current Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect the industry across the world, with events having to be postponed and cancelled, but now is the time for us to look forward and plan ahead.

“Gateshead Quays conference and exhibition centre will be a welcome addition to NewcastleGateshead in 2023; securing jobs, supporting our hotels, restaurants and bars and once again filling our region with delegates from across the world.

“This world-class development will bring the business events offering of NewcastleGateshead to new heights, we will be able to attract bigger conferences with a stronger international reach, which will be critical in repairing and growing our economy post Covid-19.

“At NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, we continue to be agile and work alongside our clients and partners, offering support and advice through these uncertain times. We have been working tirelessly to reschedule upcoming meetings and events to ensure that our venues and hotels are supported, and that our clients are able to continue their offer of great events to delegates once it is safe to do so.”