Green light given for Gateshead hotel

Plans for a dual-branded hotel on the NewcastleGateshead waterfront have been approved by the Gateshead council planning committee.

The development is part of a wider project worth £260m that includes an arena, a purpose-built conference and exhibition centre, restaurants, and an outdoor performance space.

Plans for the 330-room hotel have been drawn up by AHR, an architectural and building consultancy practice, but the hotel operator has not yet been announced.

John Hughes, managing director at Ask Real Estate, who spoke on behalf of Gateshead council’s development partner Ask:PATRIZIA, said: “We have brought together a world-class team of designers, architects and operators to deliver this scheme which will be one of Europe’s key cultural locations. 

“The arena, hotel and conference centre completes this iconic waterfront location and will not only create jobs but provides the people of NewcastleGateshead with an exciting new leisure destination.”

The 54,500 sq m scheme is expected to attract 338,000 annual visitors to the region, creating roughly 2,000 new jobs.

Martin Gannon, Gateshead council leader, said: “We’ve wanted to revitalise this key site for a long time.

“NewcastleGateshead Quays will be a global leader in entertainment, leisure, and hospitality but most importantly it is about creating new employment and training opportunities for thousands at a time when they are badly needed.”