Live Works

  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate
  • © Jill Tate

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

North East

Local Authority Area

Newcastle upon Tyne

Information about this scheme

Live Works is an arts hub developed by Live Theatre on an important site in Newcastle’s Quayside. The project forms the centrepiece of Live’s evolving cultural quarter, and encapsulates their mission to engage the community. It transforms the last remaining prime quayside site into a public place for the community, presenting a new centre for children and young people’s writing; a vibrant, public ‘pocket park’ restoring and revitalising the only remaining Georgian courtyard in the city; and provides for increased capacity, future resilience, sustainability and impact for Live Theatre’s work. Prior to the insertion, the quayside site of the new building had been empty for a century. Construction of an office block has secured income from a profitable commercial space on the quayside which will fund at least one play and education project each year. Live Works is designed to provide universal access throughout, creating a new route from the quayside to a new public space for Newcastle - accessible for all - with Live’s mission to ‘engage with the community’ at its heart. The courtyard also provides Live with an outdoor performance space, with the proscenium of the stage framed by the courtyard façade of the new building. The stage forms the focal point for the presentation of work produced by the Children and Young people’s Writing Centre which is based in classrooms in the conversion of a grade 2 listed Almshouse.

Credits

Architect

Flanagan Lawrence

Client

Live Theatre

Main Contractor

Brims Construction

Structural Engineer

CK21

Civil Engineers

CK21

Quantity Surveyor

Turner & Townsend

Planning Consultant

Hedley Planning

Lighting Consultant

Michael Grubb Studios

Landscape Architect

Oobe

Employer's Agent

Turner & Townsend

Services Engineer

Avoca

Environmental Consultant

Avoca

Development Manager

Buckley Burnett

Architects - Technical Delivery

Tench Maddison Ash Architects LLP

Primary Use Class

Class E1 - Public Realm