A date has finally been set to begin the demolition of Gateshead’s iconic multi-storey car park

Planning Application for £150m Gateshead Town Centre Regeneration Submitted

A planning application for the regeneration of Trinity Square has today been submitted to Gateshead Council by Spenhill, the regeneration subsidiary of Tesco.

The application follows the signing of a development agreement between Spenhill and Gateshead last week, which included an agreement to demolish the multi-storey car park that currently dominates the town centre.

Designed by 3DReid, the £150m proposals include a new town square, 45 retail units, offices, a student village with over 900 beds, town centre parking and a Tesco store as well as the potential for a hotel. Pedestrian links will also integrate the town centre with the existing regeneration successes at the quayside. The scheme will transform Trinity Square into a vibrant centre that the people of Gateshead can be proud of and want to visit.

The town centre revamp will increase Gateshead’s standing as the regeneration capital of the North East, adding to its major regeneration developments at Gateshead Quays and surrounding town including Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead International Stadium and the Metrocentre.

Much of the demolition has already begun on the site with work on the multi-storey car park and the remainder of the site recommencing shortly.

Doug Wilson, Corporate Affairs Manager for Spenhill said: “We have been working closely with the Council to deliver the best possible town centre for the people of Gateshead.

“With demolition of the car-park starting soon, local people will now see progress being made. The regeneration of Trinity Square also reflects the confidence we have in the future of Gateshead and its potential for growth. We are very excited to have arrived at a scheme which provides fantastic facilities that will transform the town centre into a place people want to visit.”

The scheme includes:

  • Over 45 new retail units for high street chains, independent shops and banks, ranging from kiosks of a few hundred sq ft up to 30,000 sq ft with the potential for nearly 200,000 sq feet of new retail space
  • Provision for cafes, bars and restaurants
  • A new town square
  • A 993 bed student village with management and social facilities
  • A Tesco Extra Superstore
  • Approximately 38,000 sq ft of office space
  • The potential for a 120 bed hotel facing the town square
  • Pedestrian links to connect the scheme to the rest of the town centre
  • Approximately 700 parking spaces

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