Business and tourism leaders have expressed support for the project, but it has also sparked opposition, with almost 100 objections to a building permit offer.
If approved, the center will include a large exhibit hall which can be divided into three smaller rooms. At the same time, there will be a smaller conference room, meeting and event spaces with views of the Newcastle and Gateshead quays, as well as an outdoor event space.
The project will also include a 12,500-seat arena to replace the Utilita Newcastle Arena, as well as two 290-room hotels, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces.
Gateshead Council chief Martin Gannon said, “The development of Quays confirms the region’s reputation for world-class events. Gateshead Quays will capitulate to a conference call that the region has been unable to satisfy and present the forces of the Northeast to a global audience.
“The new images show how unique and special the waterfront site is. An event unlike any other in the UK. ”
Kerrin MacPhie, trade events manager for national tourism organization VisitBritain, said: “The development of Gateshead Quays will create a huge opportunity for NewcastleGateshead, expanding its global reach to attract high profile events from around the world. This development is excellent for the UK trade event industry and shows confidence in the market.
“The new center will provide event planners with an attractive option in an already established destination in the business event industry and will have a positive impact on the arrival of more international associations and groups.” incentive in the region. “
A full planning request has been submitted for development between the Baltic and the Sage Gateshead, with a decision expected in the fall.
Supporters of the program say it will create around 2,000 jobs and inject £ 60 million into the regional economy each year.
Helen Golightly, Director General of LEP Northeast, said the program “demonstrates a positive step for our economy, particularly for the hotel, leisure and tourism sectors, which have been severely affected by the pandemic de Covid 19 “, while James Ramsbottom, managing director of The North East England Chamber of Commerce said:” . ”
But the program has so far attracted 95 public objections, against 19 messages of support.
The international site and event management company ASM Global has already been confirmed as the operator of the proposed site. The award-winning global architect HOK designs the overall master plan for the site, as well as the conference and exhibition center, while AHR Architects designs the hotel.