MAJOR CONCOURSE REFURB FOR SAGE GATESHEAD
As Sage Gateshead celebrates their 15th birthday this week, they’re looking forward to the New Year when the iconic concourse will be transformed and the music venue will become even more welcoming and enjoyable for visitors.
The project, which is due to start in January, will refurbish many of the public areas including the Brasserie and bars. A new private hire dining area will be created as well as pop up retail stands.
North East firm Aptus Fit Out will undertake the refurbishment. The full design team includes architects Howarth Litchfield and quantity surveyors Artis Consulting.
The international music centre is open all year round and is free to visit, currently welcoming around 500,000 visitors a year. The concourse is a key focal point for many music festivals, hosting free events and performances throughout the year. It is also home to the box office, a café, shop and children’s play spaces.
This first phase of improvements will be followed by a bespoke seating system for the venue’s largest event hall, Sage One, which will enable the quick removal of seats to create space for a part standing audience. Footfall is expected to significantly increase to the venue following this work.
Sage Gateshead was awarded £1.2 million in National Lottery funding through Arts Council England’s capital programme to enable the full project to go ahead. This has been matched by generous donations of £800,000 from individuals and trusts from around the North East and across the country. The Arts Council’s capital funding is intended to support organisations to develop their buildings and facilities to help them produce and present outstanding work.
Lindsay Tuck, chief operating officer at Sage Gateshead added: “We are very excited to start work with Aptus on this first phase of our capital works. As we enter our 15th year, we are looking forward to improving the experience for everyone who comes through our doors.”
Paul Hardcastle, business manager at Aptus said: “We’re thrilled to have won this contract in competitive tender with a number of other fit-out specialists. We‘ve worked closely with Sage Gateshead to value-engineer the project and bring it in line with their specification and budget requirements.
“To have the opportunity to work on one of the region’s most recognisable landmark buildings is really exciting for all the team at Aptus and this has been fantastic news to round off what has been our busiest year to date.”
Speaking about its role as interior designer, director, Neil Turner, Howarth Litchfield, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to create dynamic designs to transform some of the interior spaces of such an iconic building and one which is so integral to the Quayside and the region’s music and conference offering.
“The finished design has been inspired by the building’s striking architectural form and the materials used in its construction and I believe will add further to the visitor experience.”
Notes to editors:
Sage Gateshead is an international music centre and renowned conference and event venue located in the North East of England. It is for artists, for audiences and for the North.
The iconic building, designed by Foster & Partners, welcomes around 500,000 visitors each year. It is home to the acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia and presents around 400 events and festivals each year for a live audience of 350,000 (six million people hear our work via stream or broadcasts). Every year it supports over 100 musicians through its artist development programme and it works with 30,000 children and young people as well as 20,000 adults in its creative learning programme.
As a charity Sage Gateshead relies on financial support from Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council, Arts Council England and donors to ensure everyone in the community can experience the joys of music.
Positioned as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation, Sage Gateshead’s continued ambition for the future is to work to significantly to increase the number and range of people connected with music.
About Aptus: Aptus offers pre-construction support services, design & build, project management and full project finance to its clients, as a result the firm has become a trusted delivery partner to a number of household names. As well as working in the office, retail, healthcare and leisure and hospitality sectors, Aptus works jointly on projects with architects, designers, surveyors and property agents. For more information visit www.aptusfitout.co.uk or find the company on Twitter @aptusfitout
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