Live Works Development
Live Works is new £10 million capital scheme by Live Theatre to purchase and develop Quayside frontage and land and buildings adjacent to the theatre, to create new commercial office space, a new public park and a children and young people’s writing centre.
Pioneering North East visualisation specialist ZeroLight have agreed single occupancy of the new landmark Live Works building joining the creative and cultural hub around Live Theatre. Find out more.
Now complete, Live Works will create new revenue streams for the core creative and educational work of Live Theatre, building resilience for the Theatre for the future, and transforming this part of the Quayside.
Live Works has created
• A new landmark building on Newcastle’s Quayside with approximately 1500sqm net of highly desirable premium office space with river views
• New commercial opportunities and visibility on the busy Quayside thoroughfare for Live Theatre
• Refurbishment of a Grade II listed Almshouse into Live Tales, a new children and young people’s writing centre
• Live Garden, a landscaped green space, a new pocket park at the centre of the site with public pedestrian access from the Quayside and a public and performance space managed and programmed by Live Theatre in daily use by tenants, neighbours and the public and transforming this part of the Quayside.
• An additional revenue for the core creative and education work of Live Theatre, and a social, cultural and commercial return to build resilience for Live Theatre for the future.
As the next step in the redevelopment, Live Theatre has just received planning permission to convert the former Flynns bar into a Quayside restaurant, which will also craete an income to invest back into the theatre.
The £10.5m entire project cost has been supported by a £2.1 million grant from the North East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013, a loan from Newcastle City Council and grants from Arts Council England, the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, the Gillian Dickinson Trust, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Sir James Knott Trust, The Monument Trust, Investment and Contract Readiness Fund and the Wolfson Foundation. The letting has been completed with help from letting agents Knight Frank, and legal teams from DWF LLP and Watson Burton.