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Contractor named for Gateshead arena

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Sir Robert McAlpine has been named as the contractor for the £260M Gateshead conference and exhibition centre on the River Tyne south bank.

The development includes a 12,500-capacity arena; 6,300m² of conference and exhibition space; two hotels, bars, restaurants, car parking and extensive areas of public realm.

Chief Executive of Gateshead Council, Sheena Ramsey, said: “The appointment of Sir Robert McAlpine brings us a huge step closer to delivering this world-class events destination for the region and we’re glad to have them on board.

“This development will act as a catalyst for renewed economic growth, maximising local employment, training and supply chain opportunities. This is about being ambitious for Gateshead, we need everyone in the borough to be able to fulfil their true potential and projects like this create the conditions for them to thrive.”

Speaking on behalf of the council’s development partner Ask:Patrizia, John Hughes, Managing Director of Ask Real Estate said: “Sir Robert McAlpine has a reputation for technical excellence and delivering complex developments safely, on time and within budget. We are looking forward to working with them to see this superb facility materialise.”

The new complex is set to open in 2023 with a full planning application expected to be submitted in early 2020.

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