Plans for Newcastle Quayside Liveworks development to be outlined

The Liveworks project to revamp part of Newcastle Quayside will fill in a 'gap' site near to Live Theatre

A digital design concept for the new LiveWorks building (centre) on Newcastle Quayside
A digital design concept for the new LiveWorks building (centre) on Newcastle Quayside

Plans for the development of a “gap” site on Newcastle’s Quayside are to be outlined by architects.

The talk by architects Flanagan Lawrence takes place at 6pm on Thursday at the Live Theatre to give more details on plans to build on a site which has been vacant for years.

The Live Theatre development Liveworks includes a commercial office building, a new public park and performance space, and the conversion of an existing 19th Century alms house into a children and young people’s writing centre.

The presentation by Jim Beirne, Live Theatre’s chief executive and Stephen Gilmartin of Flanagan Lawrence architects will be followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

LiveWorks is a £10m scheme by Live Theatre, which purchased the Quayside frontage and land and buildings adjacent to the theatre in February. The theatre was granted planning consent and listed building consent for the development in June.

Building work will start soon on the site. Jason Flanagan, of Flanagan Lawrence architects said: “LiveWorks provides us as architects with a remarkable opportunity: to create a new public park and outdoor performance space for Live Theatre and a children and young people’s writing centre.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes looks at the Quayside plans with Jim Beirne, Live Theatre chief executive
Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes looks at the Quayside plans with Jim Beirne, Live Theatre chief executive
 

“The public park is framed by Georgian alms houses and Quayside warehouses. The new building inserted into Newcastle Quayside links the Quayside and the public park by maintaining and widening public access through Trinity Chare.

“The new office building with its sandstone facade on the Quayside completes the gap in the river frontage.”

Mr Beirne said: “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.”

The public talk will also include the opportunity to see samples of stone and brick to be used in the project and further information on the timeline for the construction.

The project team confirmed so far include Flanagan Lawrence as lead architects, Brims Construction as preferred contractor, CK21 as structure and civil engineers, Avoca-CE as mechanical and electrical engineers, Hedley Planning as town planners, Turner Townsend as cost managers, Oobe as landscape designers and Michael Grubb Studio as lighting consultants.

The purchase of the land and buildings and the development of the site has been supported by a loan of £6m from Newcastle City Council and a £1.73m grant from the North East European Regional Development Fund.

Tickets for the presentation are free, but pre-booking is essential. Tickets are available from Live Theatre’s box office in person, on 0191 232 1232, or online at www.live.org.uk .

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