A leading North East construction company has started work on a £10m development set to complete one of Tyneside’s most iconic views.
Newcastle’s Live Theatre’s bought Quayside land and buildings in February to create LiveWorks – a development of commercial office space, a public park and a children and young people’s writing centre.
The multi-million pound project, which is backed by the North East European Regional Development Fund as well as loans from Newcastle City Council and the North East LEP, was granted planning permission in June.
Live Theatre’s appointed contractor, Sunderland-based Brims Construction, has now started work on the development which fills a key gap on the Newcastle side of the Quayside, next to the listed Custom House.
Richard Wood, director at Brims Construction, said: “Having worked on another prominent Quayside building conversion at Nepia House for North of England P&I a couple of years ago, we are delighted that we have the opportunity to be part of the LiveWorks project that sees the one of the most important remaining sites on Newcastle’s Quayside, being developed into what will be a landmark building.
“The site really is the final piece in the Quayside jigsaw; its development is long overdue.
“The vision and hard work of the Live Theatre team should be commended in making this project finally happen.”
LiveWorks was designed by Architects Flanagan Lawrence, whose lead architect Jason Flanagan worked on the iconic Sage Gateshead building.
Jim Beirne, chief executive of Live Theatre, said: “We are delighted to be working with Brims Construction again. On LiveWorks they have already proved themselves to be a creative team that pays attention to detail.
“The development will create new commercial offices, a public park and writing centre for young people.
“Once complete LiveWorks will provide many future opportunities for businesses, artists, children and young people.
The project will also help to secure an income for the core work of Live Theatre into the future.”
Paul Callaghan, chair of Live Theatre and Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, added: “This wonderful project is not just significant for Live Theatre but also for Newcastle and Gateshead as a whole. It will be an amazing place for people of all ages.”