Plans for a £100m leisure, sport and food and drink development on Newcastle Quayside, which will feature a 460 ft (140 m) tall giant observation wheel dubbed The Whey Aye, are continuing to gather pace.
Newcastle-based developer World Wheel Company has announced further enhancements to its Giants on the Quayside development masterplan regarding its public spaces, transport to and from the location and its centrepiece 820 sq yd (685 sq m) LED screen.
This follows a period of working closely with Newcastle City Council, and gaining insight from public consultations, to further advance the development, which is expected to create up to 800 jobs.
In addition, World Wheel Company has revealed additional spectacular computer-generated images to show what the enhanced Giants on the Quayside development will look like once complete.
Upgrades to public spaces include the extensive planting of trees and shrubs across the whole development, creating a welcoming, relaxing space for visitors and people who work there.
New transport plans to and from Giants on the Quayside will promote greener, cleaner travel choices and World Wheel Company is speaking to public transport providers about their involvement. In addition, the development will now have a further 44 parking spaces, making a total of 185.
The LED screen, which was previously angled down and towards the public space outside the entrance to the development’s visitor centre and The Whey Aye terminus, will now be integrated flush into the front of the building.
With these updates to the development now submitted to Newcastle City Council, a decision on the planning application is expected to be made this summer.
Commenting on the latest plans and images, World Wheel Company Newcastle chief executive officer, Phil Lynagh, said: “By further enhancing our plans in conjunction with Newcastle City Council and with the insight gained during our public consultations, we have made what we believe was an exceptional masterplan even better.
“The new images we have produced of the development help showcase the enhancements, whilst also letting people see how spectacular Giants on the Quayside will be once it is complete.
“We want Giants on the Quayside to be the very best it can be to create the greatest benefit for the city of Newcastle, its people and it's business community, which is why we want to have the optimum development plan.”
The proposed Giants on the Quayside development spans 344,445 sq ft (32,000 sq m) and will be located on the former Spillers Flour Mill, which was demolished in 2011 and has lain vacant since.
World Wheel Company Newcastle chief operating officer, Nigel Hartley, added: “We are still welcoming further input and suggestions from Newcastle residents. This can be done by visiting our Giants on the Quayside website – www.giantsonthequayside.com – where questions can be asked directly and there is also a frequently asked questions page.”
Giants on the Quayside comprises The Whey Aye, which will be 16 ft (5 m) taller than the London Eye; The Geordie Giant, a 39 ft (12 m) tall steel human-shaped structure; a new destination food and beverage experience called The Giant’s Quay; and a family entertainment centre, giant sport deck and state-of-the-art virtual golf club called The Quayside Golf Club.
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