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Live Works

Live Theatre purchased the land and buildings adjacent to the theatre in 2014, kick starting the £10.5 million Live Works capital scheme which completed in 2016.

Live Works generates commercial revenue streams supporting our award-winning charitable work and bolsters our financial resilience.

The scheme created a landmark building on Newcastle’s quayside, with approximately 1500sqm of highly desirable office space. This is currently rented by Zerolight, a pioneering visualisation specialist for the automotive industry. Other tenants include Camerons’ Head of Steam Quayside, Urban Base, Enterprise Chambers, Mya Cosmetics and Verrimus. 

“Moving our headquarters to the premium Live Works location on Newcastle’s iconic quayside is an investment in our future. The modern interior, prestigious location and world-class facilities provide the perfect setting for our continued growth and reflects our position as an employer of choice and embodies our values of quality, collaboration and innovative thinking.”

Darren Jobling, CEO, ZeroLight

Live Theatre built Live Garden, a new public park and performance space managed and programmed by Live Theatre, and Live Tales, a children and young people’s writing centre in a refurbished Grade II listed almshouse as two further elements of the scheme

The purchase and the development of the land and buildings, was supported by a loan of £6 million from Newcastle City Council a £2.2 million grant from the North East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013,and the Garfield Weston Foundation, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Gillian Dickinson Trust, The Monument Trust, Wolfson Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and Sir James Knott Trust.

“Live Works…secures the commercial future of a nationally significant theatre company in an impressively controlled and coherent mixed use city centre development. It preserves the historic quayside grain while providing a new type of engaging, informal and inhabited public space.”

RIBA Judging Panel
  • Arts Council England
  • Community Foundation
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund
  • National Lottery Fund