Plans for gar­den given green light

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cen­tre on the 10-acre plot is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2021.

SGM Europe, who op­er­ate the Metro Ra­dio Arena site in New­cas­tle, have con­firmed they will re­lo­cate to the Gateshead site, free­ing up a swathe of land off Scotswood Road for re­gen­er­a­tion by New­cas­tle City Coun­cil.

The de­ci­sion will be made at a spe­cial meet­ing of the com­bined au­thor­ity’s lead­er­ship board where an­other ma­jor spend­ing com­mit­ment is also on the agenda: the In­ter­na­tional Ad­vanced Man­u­fac­tur­ing Park.

Coun­cil lead­ers are ex­pected to give the green light for £41m of spend­ing to sup­port con­struc­tion of the huge in­fra­struc­ture project.

The man­u­fac­tur­ing site, which will be built close to Nis­san off the A19 and tap into the suc­cess of the car in­dus­try, is ex­pected to at­tract £300m of pri­vate in­vest­ment and cre­ate 5,000 high qual­ity jobs.

It’s not the only big devel­op­ment in the pipe­line for Gateshead Quay­side.

Plan­ning bosses gave the go-ahead for a spec­tac­u­lar gar­den made of ship­ping con­tain­ers for a va­cant plot near the Tyne Bridge on De­cem­ber 6.

The strik­ing in­stal­la­tion, which is de­signed by Chelsea Flower Show gold medal­list Diar­muid Gavin, is ex­pected to be open by sum­mer 2018. PLANS de­signed by a Chelsea Flower Show star for a spec­tac­u­lar gar­den made of ship­ping con­tain­ers on the Quay­side have been ap­proved.

The spec­tac­u­lar in­stal­la­tion, which will house cafes and shops in­side the im­pres­sive struc­ture, will sit close to the Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river.

Al­though it will be tem­po­rary, it’s ex­pected to be in place for sev­eral years as an at­trac­tion dur­ing big events like the Great Ex­hi­bi­tion of the North in 2018 and the New­castleGateshead World Trans­plant Games in 2019.

The strik­ing project will sit at Hill­side Quay, the spot which used to be home to the Tuxedo Princess and Royale party boats.

De­signer Diar­muid Gavin, who presents BBC TV show Gar­den­ers’ World, has promised to ‘cre­ate a re­mark­able gar­den at the heart of Ty­ne­side with a ma­jes­tic and unique de­sign’.

The Na­tional Trust and vol­un­teers will be in­volved in the up­keep of the gar­den and the site is ex­pected to cre­ate 100 jobs and at­tract 200,000 peo­ple ev­ery year.

When it is opened in 2018, it prom­ises to pro­vide a tran­quil space in the heart of the city where fam­i­lies can re­lax and food can be grown.

As well as the gar­den, there will be a three story ship­ping con­tainer plaza which will house cafes, shops and a per­for­mance space.

There will also be a brew­ery, tat­tooist and bike re­pair hub on site.

It’s not the only project in the pipe­line which could trans­form the Gateshead side of the Quay­side in com­ing years.

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