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Newcastle Quayside Webcam

 Europe, United Kingdom, Newcastle
Location:  Europe, United Kingdom, Newcastle

Category: City / Bridge view

Description: View of the The Sage Gateshead, traffic on Tyne Bridge, and activity on Newcastle Quayside.

Location Information:

The Sage Gateshead is a centre for musical education, performance and conferences, located in Gateshead on the south bank of the River Tyne, in the north-east of England. It opened in 2004.

The venue is part of the Gateshead Quays development, which also includes the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The centre occupies a curved glass and stainless steel building designed by Foster and Partners, Buro Happold (structural engineering), Mott MacDonald (building services) and Arup (acoustics), with views of Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides, the Tyne Bridge, and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Planning for the centre began in the early 1990s, when the Northern Sinfonia orchestra, with encouragement from Northern Arts, began working on plans for a new concert hall. They were soon joined by regional folk music development agency Folkworks,  which ensured that the needs of the region's traditional music were taken into consideration; folk music is well-represented in the Sage's programme of events, alongside classical, jazz, acoustic, indie, country, world, electronic and dance. Practice spaces for professional musicians, students and amateurs were an important part of the provision. Sarah Ellis Cliff

The planning and construction process cost over £70 million, which was raised primarily through National Lottery grants. The contractor was Laing O'Rourke[3]. The centre has a range of patrons, notably Sage Group plc which contributed a large sum of money to have the building named after it. Sage plc has helped support the charitable activities of The Sage Gateshead since its conception.

The Sage Gateshead is also available as a conference venue: for example it hosted the Labour Party's Spring conference in February 2005. In August 2009, the National Union of Students announced that their 2010 and National Conferences would be held at the Sage Gateshead.

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