Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moving from the Past into a Brighter Future; Much of Central Gateshead Has Changed in Recent Years. Dave Morton Looks at How Old Areas of the Town Have Had New Life Breathed into Them, Thanks to Regeneration

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Moving from the Past into a Brighter Future; Much of Central Gateshead Has Changed in Recent Years. Dave Morton Looks at How Old Areas of the Town Have Had New Life Breathed into Them, Thanks to Regeneration

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NOWHERE has Gateshead changed more in recent years than on its riverside Quays area.

Twenty-five years ago, this was a gloomy post-industrial setting, past its best, with the floating nightclub Tuxedo Princess the only attraction. The "boat", as it was known, may have since sailed off into the sunset, but Gateshead Quays is today a thriving and visually stunning cultural, social and educational quarter which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

My own grandfather who worked at the nearby British Ropes factory when the area was a a hive of industrial activity would scarcely recognise the place today.

THE BALTIC One building which would be familiar, however, would be the old 1950-built Baltic Flour Mill which today is the converted Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

While, the centre's challenging artwork may not be everyone's cup of tea, the imaginative used of the building it is housed in links the industrial past to a 21st Century leisure-based culture.

The Baltic closed as a mill in 1981, reopening in its new guise in 2002, thanks to a PS50m overhaul.

THE SAGE Opened on the former industrial banks of the Tyne in 2004, the Sage Gateshead provides a venue for musical performance and education. Some of the world's biggest music stars have appeared there. It is also a popular venue for conferences.

Norman Foster's head-turning design has divided opinion, but in the humble opinion of yours truly, it is one of Tyneside's most stunning buildings, and a perfect vantage point for breathtaking views of the Tyne, its bridges, and Newcastle.

THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE Joining an illustrious line of older historic bridges just upriver, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge arrived on the Tyne in November, 2000 and was lifted into place by Asian Hercules II one of the world's largest floating cranes. It was opened to the public in September 2001. …

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