An artist's impression of the new car park.
Chloe Shakesby

Work set to begin on "futuristic" £22.9m Gateshead car park

Work is set to begin on a £22.9m “futuristic” multi-storey car park in the North East.

The new car park, in the Baltic Quarter of Gateshead, is set to be created by Willmott Dixon, which has received the £22.9m contract from Gateshead Council.

The project will deliver 1,000 parking spaces as part of the area’s regeneration, which also includes an arena, conference and exhibition centre, anticipated to create around 2,000 new jobs.

Peter Udall, strategic director of economy, innovation and growth at Gateshead Council, said: “We are very excited to see this crucial piece of the Newcastle Gateshead Quays infrastructure work start on site.

“The car park is essential to Arena, Conference and Exhibition centre development, but will also provide much needed parking for the new Grade-A Riga office building and further developments on Baltic Quarter into the future.

“This is an important piece of a larger jigsaw that will be a catalyst for further development and the opportunities for new jobs and local businesses.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the North, said: “We are delighted to once again be working with Gateshead Council on this exciting and integral project as part of the transformation of the Gateshead Quays.

“Supporting local jobs and generating prosperity is at the heart of our business and through our extensive portfolio of work in the region, we have developed an expert local supply chain.

“Across the 11 projects we have previously delivered for Gateshead Council, we’ve invested more than £63.8m with local businesses within 20 miles of our projects and look forward to furthering this.”

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