Baltic Quays Apartments

Location: Quayside, Gateshead
Client: Taylor Wimpey
Status: Completed 2004

Project Description:
Sitting behind the landmark Baltic Art Gallery and adjacent to Sir Norman Foster’s regional music centre, accessed by the award winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge, this 15-storey 241-unit development for Bryant Homes (now Taylor Wimpey) is one of the most dynamic and exciting high rise developments in the North East.

The concept of living and working on the Gateshead Quayside, as set out in the 2001 outline planning consent, was a desire of Gateshead Council to compliment the major redevelopment projects distributed along the south bank overlooking Newcastle and the River Tyne.

The design uses the steeply banked escarpment of the River Tyne to establish a series of plateaus, which provide the key entry points into the residential development. The form and massing of the building is derived from an analysis of the site and its principle asset, which is the views up and down the River Tyne, along with the south facing aspect overlooking the future Gateshead Business Park area. To take advantage of these stunning views along the River Tyne, the design proposed a series of interlocking blocks each positioned to maximise the sight lines either side of the Baltic Art Gallery.