One step closer to arena?

The Chronicle - - News - By SEAN SED­DON sean.sed­don@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @sed­don­news

Re­porter A NEW arena which will trans­form the face of the Quay­side is set to move one step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

The new 12,500-seat con­fer­ence cen­tre planned for the va­cant site be­tween the Sage and the Baltic will see the Metro Ra­dio Arena re-lo­cate to the Gateshead side of the river.

Ex­pected to cre­ate 1,100 jobs and at­tract 300,000 vis­i­tors ev­ery year, the new devel­op­ment will be­come a ma­jor leisure hub, with a host of new bars and restau­rants on site.

It has long been the am­bi­tion of Gateshead Coun­cil to bring an­other high qual­ity cul­tural land­mark to the Quay­side and a deal with pri­vate part­ners was fi­nally reached back in July.

On De­cem­ber 12, the North East Com­bined Au­thor­ity will meet to com­mit £5m of lo­cal growth fund money to pre­pare the site so build­ing work can be­gin.

Con­struc­tion of the new con­fer­ence

Artist’s im­pres­sion of new Gateshead con­fer­ence cen­tre

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