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The Sage

A new £350m mixed-use development along the River Tyne

CGI daylight view of proposed arena, main building with black cladding and glazing Tyne river and bridge in foreground


Gateshead, United Kingdom


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The £350m Newcastle Gateshead Quays development will be key to transforming the Tyneside waterfront into a vibrant hub of culture that is expected to boost the regional economy by £99m. Built upon a car park, it will bring back into use the land and include a new, purpose built 12,500 capacity arena building, international conference and exhibition centre, multiple restaurants, and large areas of outdoor realm and performance space.

Cundall has been appointed to support the planning process and provide structural, civil, and ground engineering design for the sub and super structure design of the arena, conference centre, and adjoining external works. The arena and conference hall are both equipped with roofs spanning roughly 100m, supporting frames for flexible rigging arrangements to suit different types of events.

Duncan Cox, Partner, commented, “The Sage arena and ICC will wonderfully complete this part of the Quayside skyline and raise the national and international profile of the North East. The new ICC and exhibition centre will attract and inspire visitors from near and far, contributing to the continued regeneration of both Gateshead and Newcastle.”

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Because the existing site is split across multiple levels, our engineers designed a complex arrangement of retaining structures.


Duncan Cox stood in front of a green plant wall

Duncan Cox

Partner, Structural Engineering

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It has been a wonderful opportunity to work on this ambitious project to revitalise the region. Our engineers have worked on it since its planning stages and look forward to seeing it through to completion of the first phase in 2025.