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Levelling Up Fund Round 2 Application

On Wednesday 18 January 2023, Central Government revealed Gateshead Council had been successful in its bid to secure £20million of Levelling Up Funds (Round 2) which will be invested into The Sage Arena and International Conference Centre at Gateshead Quays.

We submitted the bid in August 2022, to fulfil our plans for the development of The Sage. The Government has recognised the economic impact the development will have, how it is a vital piece in the jigsaw for increasing opportunities for residents to secure long term sustainable jobs, promoting local business, restoring civic pride in the borough and bringing millions of pounds of investment to Gateshead and the North East.

The Sage is a visionary project which will transform the region's visitor economy and drive international presence.

Read or download the funding bid: Transforming the Visitor Economy: Gateshead Quays and The Sage, an Arena Conference and Exhibition Centre (PDF) [693KB] (opens new window)