Public The Arches, Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead has achieved an international reputation for quality and inclusivity in its artistic programme, for both Performance, and Learning and Participation. Since opening in 2004 around 200,000 people a year of all ages have been engaged in its Learning and Participation programme which in addition to quality and inclusivity is recognised for its relevance to the music industry, kindling and furthering musical ambitions.
The programme is operating at over ten times the scale envisaged when the building was first conceived, now delivering highly regarded national programmes as well as local activities across the North East and increasing engagements in international relationships.
The capacity to deliver specialist music and vocational training is at the heart of The Sage Gateshead’s mission. The quality of the venue’s off-stage, back-stage and front of house operation is renowned, and it offers a rich context for vocational learning.
The Arches, set behind The Sage Gateshead, occupies a locally listed structure beneath Stephenson’s old train yard, looking out on to the southern elevation of The Sage Gateshead. From the early days of the evolution, the Arches were always seen as the space for the future expansion of the vibrant creative training environment of The Sage Gateshead.
The needs of the expanding programme have been arranged within the seven arches, and will house
a performance studio, workshop spaces for steel pan and gamelan, a studio for urban street art projects, classrooms, offices and support spaces including a storage area.
The Arches offer a complementary series of spaces to those within the main building. The design intention is to reveal and enhance the existing interior masonry vaults, and to insert new mezzanines and entrance glazing, all designed to minimise the impact of the contemporary interventions.
Client The Sage Gateshead
Location Gateshead, UK
Status Planning Approved
Structural Engineer Arup
Services Engineer Arup
Acoustic and Venues Consultant Arup