Jane Imrie

Gateshead residents launch campaign for review of £260m Quayside plans

A group of Gateshead residents has launched a campaign in response to the area’s proposed multi-million pound Quayside development.

The locals have called for a review of the hotel element of the planned £260m regeneration of Gateshead Quays.

The development includes plans for a 12,500 capacity arena, as well as a hotel with 300 beds.

Baltic Quays resident and director of Baltic Quays Leaseholds Ltd, Peter Bauckham explained: “We believe in improvement and development, in putting Newcastle Gateshead more firmly on the map and making it the global destination it deserves to be.

“We support the redevelopment of Gateshead Quays and we object to the design of the proposed hotel in its current state. Done properly, the re-development will enhance Newcastle-Gateshead – improving the city-scape, making it even more attractive to our residents, visitors and investors.

“This is a fantastic site with plenty of potential. We’ve waited 20 years for this development. We believe in a better Gateshead Quays, let’s make sure it’s worth the wait.”

Justin Herbert, operations director (North) at Residential Management Group Ltd, managing agents to neighbouring residential building Baltic Quays, added: “The loss of visual amenity to residents is an important consideration in this development as is the cultural significance and heritage of the site.

“The hotel is not in keeping with the area or indeed the Tyne Gorge Study and is pretty much a concrete slab next to the apartment blocks.

“Would other major European cities think this hotel is good enough for them? Why should we? We want the design of the hotel to be reviewed and redesigned.”

Bdaily has reached out to Gateshead Council and developer Ask:PATRIZIA for comment.

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