New details have been revealed about the international conference and exhibition centre due to open in winter 2023 on Gateshead Quays.

New imagery shows that the UK’s newest international conference and exhibition centre will be capable of hosting up to 5,000 delegates.

The centre will include a 6,300 square metres of pillar free exhibition hall, which has the capability to be divided into three smaller halls. Alongside this, there will be a 1,620 square metre conference hall, 990 square metres of meeting and events spaces with views of the NewcastleGateshead quayside and its iconic bridges, and a dedicated 1,350 square metre outdoor events space.  

The £260 million project on Gateshead Quays will also include a 12,500-capacity arena, two hotels with 290 bedrooms, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces.

Councillor Martin Gannon, leader of Gateshead Council, said: “The Quays development confirms the region’s reputation for world-class events. Gateshead Quays will capitilise on a conferencing demand that the region has been unable to meet and showcase the North East’s strengths to a global audience. The new images show just how unique and special the waterfront site is. An events setting like no other in the UK.”

Kerrin MacPhie, head of business events at VisitBritain, commented: “The Gateshead Quays development will create a huge opportunity for NewcastleGateshead, increasing its global reach to attract large-scale events from all over the world. This development is great for the business events industry in the UK and shows confidence within the market.

“The new centre will provide event planners with an exciting option in an already well-established destination within the business events industry and will have a positive impact on bringing more international associations and incentive groups to the area.”

A full planning application has been submitted for the 80,000 sq ft development, positioned between the BALTIC and Sage Gateshead, with a decision expected in Autumn.

If agreed at planning, Gateshead Quays will create approximately 2,000 jobs and inject a much needed £60 million into the regional economy each year, as well as attracting an extra 300,000 visitors to North East England. As well as the direct impact, the development will support local businesses throughout the region – from hospitality operators to those in the events industry. 

International venue and event management company ASM Global has already been confirmed as the operator.

Global architect, HOK, is designing the overall masterplan for the site, international conference and exhibition centre and the 12,500 capacity arena while AHR Architects are designing the hotel which forms part of the masterplan.