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Hotel operator checks in at £260m Gateshead Quays

Accor has signed up to operate a dual-branded hotel next to a 12,500-capacity arena at Ask:Patrizia’s £260m Gateshead Quays development.

The group has signed an agreement with Gateshead Council and its development partners to operate a 172,000 sq ft, 14-storey hotel as part of the 587,000 sq ft development on the quayside near Newcastle city centre.

Accor will operate two hotels: a 187-room Novotel with features including meeting rooms, conference facilities, a gym and a restaurant with views of the River Tyne, as well as a 140-room Ibis hotel targeting a more budget offering.

The Ibis is the first of its type in the area and it will be the second hotel in the UK to feature Novotel’s new brand and concept.

The hotel will be developed next to the proposed 12,500-capacity arena, conference, and exhibition centre, which is to be operated by ASM Global. Planning permission for the development, which is designed by architects HOK and AHR, was secured in November last year. The entire scheme is expected to be complete by 2024.

Philip Lassman, vice president, development, at Accor Northern Europe said:

“This is an excellent opportunity for Accor to be part of an area which has such strong character and identity. Gateshead Quays has undergone a huge transformation in the last fifteen years and is now considered a thriving cultural destination with over one million visitors a year, making it an exciting regeneration scheme to be part of.

“We are working closely with Ask:Patrizia and Gateshead Council to deliver a high quality development which will bring significant economic benefit, providing domestic and international visitors with a superb city centre location. By bringing both the Novotel and Ibis brands to the city we are catering for anyone visiting the area, no matter what their budget.”

Ask is an independent real estate company delivering high-quality urban developments in the UK’s leading towns and centres. Richardson is Ask’s parent company.

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