New details has been revealed for the international conference and exhibition centre, due to open in winter 2023 on Gateshead Quays.
CGI videos and imagery has showed that the centre will be capable of hosting up to 5,000 delegates with flexibility across its dedicated spaces.
The centre will include a 6,300sqm pillar free exhibition hall, which has the capability to be divided into three smaller halls. Additionally, there will be a 1,620sqm conference hall, 990 sqm of meeting and events spaces and a dedicated 1,350sqm outdoor events space.
The £260m project on Gateshead Quays will also include a 12,500-capacity arena, two hotels with 290 bedrooms, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces.
International venue and event management company ASM Global has already been confirmed as the operator.
Global architect, HOK, will design the overall plan for the site, international conference and exhibition centre alongside the 12,500-capacity arena, whilst AHR Architects will design the hotel.
A full planning application has also been submitted for the development, positioned between the BALTIC and Sage Gateshead, with a decision expected in Autumn. If agreed at planning, Gateshead Quays will create approximately 2,000 jobs and provide £60m for the regional economy each year, as well as attracting an extra 300,000 visitors to North East England.
Councillor Martin Gannon, leader of Gateshead Council, said: “The Quays development confirms the region’s reputation for world-class events. Gateshead Quays will capitilise on a conferencing demand that the region has been unable to meet and showcase the North East’s strengths to a global audience. The new images show just how unique and special the waterfront site is. An events setting like no other in the UK.”
Kerrin MacPhie, head of business events at VisitBritain, added: “The Gateshead Quays development will create a huge opportunity for NewcastleGateshead, increasing its global reach to attract large-scale events from all over the world. This development is great for the business events industry in the UK and shows confidence within the market.”
Paul Szomoru, director of business events, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, commented: “With the centre being set to open at the end of 2023, this is a bold confidence boost for Gateshead, Newcastle and North East England as we work towards economic recovery in a post-covid world. There’s no doubt that this is an impressive, world class investment, which will enable us to attract bigger national and international events in sectors that are strategically important for the region.”