Lendlease is to build a c. €175.7m events hub in Gateshead. The conference complex is the first phase of the delayed c. €410m Sage development which will also include an arena and new hotel.
Councillors last month approved revised plans for the broader redevelopment of this part of the south bank of the River Tyne and Lendlease will start main construction later this year.
The conference centre, set to be operated by ASM Global, will include 5,720m2 of exhibition space, 2,520m2 of adaptable meeting space, 17 conference rooms and a banqueting suite.
David Cadiot, Executive General Manager of UK Regions for Lendlease, said: “Lendlease has a track record of building, designing and project managing some of the world’s greatest sporting and entertainment venues. We’ll bring the know-how to create an exceptional venue, one which local people will be hugely proud to have on their doorstep.”
John Hughes, managing director of Ask Real Estate, said: “Lendlease has significant experience in delivering large-scale, complex schemes and we’re determined to realise the partnership’s vision for the Sage International Conference Centre.”
The conference centre is scheduled to open in 2025.