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Plans to revitalise Gateshead's town centre

Martin Gannon at Interchange

The local practice was tasked to create an environment which would focus on well-being and promote prosperity for the people of Gateshead while at the same time raising the profile of the town centre.

Following engagement with the local community and civic leaders, and complimenting the council's existing regeneration plans, the vision is based on several bold proposals.

An 'activity loop' around the town centre is intended to create a better environment for successful retail and leisure uses. It aims to promote walking and cycling, provide opportunities for active street frontages, support the growth of a night time economy, and create a real sense of place that will feel safe, inviting and distinct for the people of Gateshead and visitors.

A new Civic Square forms a key part of the concept to create a gateway to a more attractive and welcoming Gateshead town centre meeting the needs of residents and new Quays visitors. This is paired with a community square and gardens at the opposite end of the high street which acts as an 'urban living room' to support residents, encourage interaction and promote activity and play.

Throughout the project, creating better links to the borough's exciting new developments, including the £260m events destination at Gateshead Quays and High Street South, has been of huge importance.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said, "We know residents and businesses are unhappy with the way things are currently. We've listened and are committed to creating a lively and connected town centre which promotes a better quality of life. GT3 have supported us to identify bold, sustainable opportunities to improve social interaction, wellbeing and ways to better connect the town to the Tyne. We're especially pleased with how they engaged young people in the process as they are Gateshead's future.

"We look forward to considering these ideas further and they'll be open for consultation as part of the next steps. There are big things happening in Gateshead."

Simon Dunstan, Director at GT3 Architects said, "We were delighted to be awarded the commission for the RIBA Future Places project on behalf of Gateshead Council. They have been willing to do something different in keeping with their bold approach to local investment.

"The masterplan sets out a vision for Gateshead Town Centre that is founded in connectivity, sharing and variety to create a place where locals have a better quality of life, where there are opportunities to take pride in the town centre and where there is an opportunity for everyone to prosper".

At the end of last year, the council also confirmed that it was planning a new neighbourhood, providing 700 new homes for people of all ages, on High Street South. 

Find more info here 

Martin Gannon at Interchange
25 February 2020

The local practice was tasked to create an environment which would focus on well-being and promote prosperity for the people of Gateshead while at the same time raising the profile of the town centre.

Following engagement with the local community and civic leaders, and complimenting the council's existing regeneration plans, the vision is based on several bold proposals.

An 'activity loop' around the town centre is intended to create a better environment for successful retail and leisure uses. It aims to promote walking and cycling, provide opportunities for active street frontages, support the growth of a night time economy, and create a real sense of place that will feel safe, inviting and distinct for the people of Gateshead and visitors.

A new Civic Square forms a key part of the concept to create a gateway to a more attractive and welcoming Gateshead town centre meeting the needs of residents and new Quays visitors. This is paired with a community square and gardens at the opposite end of the high street which acts as an 'urban living room' to support residents, encourage interaction and promote activity and play.

Throughout the project, creating better links to the borough's exciting new developments, including the £260m events destination at Gateshead Quays and High Street South, has been of huge importance.

Councillor Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said, "We know residents and businesses are unhappy with the way things are currently. We've listened and are committed to creating a lively and connected town centre which promotes a better quality of life. GT3 have supported us to identify bold, sustainable opportunities to improve social interaction, wellbeing and ways to better connect the town to the Tyne. We're especially pleased with how they engaged young people in the process as they are Gateshead's future.

"We look forward to considering these ideas further and they'll be open for consultation as part of the next steps. There are big things happening in Gateshead."

Simon Dunstan, Director at GT3 Architects said, "We were delighted to be awarded the commission for the RIBA Future Places project on behalf of Gateshead Council. They have been willing to do something different in keeping with their bold approach to local investment.

"The masterplan sets out a vision for Gateshead Town Centre that is founded in connectivity, sharing and variety to create a place where locals have a better quality of life, where there are opportunities to take pride in the town centre and where there is an opportunity for everyone to prosper".

At the end of last year, the council also confirmed that it was planning a new neighbourhood, providing 700 new homes for people of all ages, on High Street South. 

Find more info here 

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