Plans go before councillors tomorrow which would tackle what is described as the “missing tooth” gap in Newcastle Quayside.
The site, next to the listed Customs House on the East Quayside, has been vacant for years and has most recently been used as a pocket park and car park.
The city council’s planning committee will be asked to back a proposal by North East Theatres Trust, commonly known as Live Theatre, to fill the gap with a four storey office building.
There would also be a landscaped pocket park to the rear courtyard with an outdoor informal performance space, plus refurbishment of a listed almshouse next door.
The scheme forms part of a continuing diversification of the nearby Live Theatre to help them generate future income for their work.
A series of schemes have been previously approved for the site, most recently for an office development in 2006 but nothing has been completed on the land which has been used informally as a car park and pocket park.
The office building is designed as a “contemporary reinterpretation of a brick warehouse” made of natural sandstone and glass.
The building would be 17 metres at the highest point, stepping down to 12 metres at the rear, and Trinity Chare would be kept as a pedestrian route to the rear courtyard area for the public.
English Heritage, which supports the proposal, said the site has been the “missing tooth” in the Quayside for many years and the scheme will enhance the Central Conservation Area.
Planners say: “This prominent Quayside site is at the heart of the image of Newcastle and Gateshead, and has been long awaiting a high quality development.
“The demand for high quality has been set by its location within the Central Conservation area and proximity within the setting of important landmarks and listed buildings such as the Tyne Bridge, Sage Gateshead and All Saints Church.
“The proposal makes good use of the site to introduce not just a new building, but a new enclosed semi-public space to the Quayside.
“Its links to the Live Theatre also has potential to increase the prominence of this place of interest within the city.”
The site is ringed by listed buildings, including the Customs House, Baltic Chambers, Trinity House, and Live Theatre.
Planners also recommend approval for a a scheme by Buccleuch Estates and Gilltown Ltd for 209-bed student accommodation development on land at Clavering Place, behind the Central Station.
The site was previously occupied by buildings which included a listed 19th chapel, but which collapsed in heavy snow in the winter of 2012. Nearby are the listed Clavering House, Friar House and railway viaduct. Planning permission was approved in 2007 for an office development which did not go ahead.