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Live Works Quayside development underway

5th February 2015

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Work has begun on Live Theatre’s £10million Live Works development on the iconic NewcastleGateshead Quayside

The ambitious project will introduce commercial office space, a public park and a children and young people’s writing centre, creating new revenue streams for the core creative and educational work of Live Theatre.  Information will shortly be available on the rental opportunities within this new Quayside office building.

Live Works will transform the famous Quayside vista and support the future of Live Theatre and its work in Newcastle and beyond.

Already a leader in the field of cultural entrepreneurship, Live Theatre has developed new strategies for increasing income and assets for the charity. Live Works will join the gastro pub The Broad Chare, online playwriting course www.beaplaywright.com and The Schoolhouse, office space for creative and digital businesses, as one of Live Theatre’s capital and digital creative enterprises, increasing its future income through additional new unrestricted funds.

Jim Beirne MBE, Chief Executive, Live Theatre, said:

"Live Works will create a new public park and performance space, a young people’s writing centre, and a commercial office that will create new income streams to sustain Live Theatre into the future, supporting our mission of creating new plays, developing creative talent and unlocking the potential of young people." 

Paul Callaghan, Chair, Live Theatre and Chair of Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said;

"This wonderful project is not just significant for Live Theatre but also for Newcastle and Gateshead as a whole. It will be an amazing place for people of all ages, but particularly for children and young people. We are very excited that we are going to be able to transform it into something so special."

Once completed, Live Works will introduce a new landmark building to the Newcastle Quayside, a new children and young people’s writing centre created through the refurbishment of a Grade II listed Almshouse and a new pocket park at the centre of the site complete with a performance programme managed by Live Theatre.

Founded in 1973, Live Theatre is recognised as one of the great new writing producing theatres on the international stage and is deeply rooted in Newcastle/Gateshead where it is based. Live Theatre believes creativity and cultural engagement are central to the lives of individuals and that arts and culture should be recognised, supported and celebrated as significant contributors to the creative and economic wellbeing of our communities.  Live Theatre aims to contribute to a creative and just society, a population full of aspiration with a thirst for learning. It is also exploring new ways of growing and sustaining the creative and cultural sector leading to increased graduate retention, more SME’s and a stronger economy.

Live Theatre produces work as varied and diverse as the audiences it engages with. As well as championing the art of writing for the stage by producing and presenting new plays, Live Theatre unlocks the potential of young people and finds and nurtures creative talent. It also leads and demonstrates future thinking on new models of business sustainability and growth.Live Works marks the next creative leap in its long history on Tyneside.

Live Works is supported by a £2.5 million grant from the North East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Programme 2007 to 2013, Arts Council England, and loans from Newcastle City Council and North East Local Enterprise Partnership.  Fundraising is continuing with grants from The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, the Gillian Dickinson Trust, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Sir James Knott Trust, the Social Investment Business and the Wolfson Foundation already secured. 

Information on the office space to let is already available. For more information on Live Theatre’s Live Works development contact Knight Frank on 0191 221 2211, or click here