Za Za Bazaar Newcastle
Ever wondered about the history of The Gate? We asked centre manager Amanda Betteridge and she's been kind enough to tell all here!
Opening in November 2002, The Gate replaced the 7 storey Newgate House, home to the famous Mayfair club, which played host to many well known bands during its 35 year life.
Comprising 19,330 sq m (208,000 sq ft) and located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of Newcastle’s ancient Grainger Town, behind the Eldon Square Shopping Centre, The Gate’s developers aimed to create a radically different entertainment offer with flagship bars and restaurants.
The Gate’s architect, Jeremy Ward of Geoffrey Reid Associates, wanted to present the architecture of the contemporary street scene in a number of subtle and sophisticated ways, offering the opportunity for more dynamic effects through graphic and media projections and sound to bring the scheme to life.
BDP lighting choreographed an award winning day into evening lighting scheme incorporating robotic light fittings whilst the dramatic 24 metre high glass façade was the largest structural glass expanse in Europe at time of building.
The design and venue mix was chosen to appeal to families during the day into the evening and to sophisticated people wanting a lively mix of bars and restaurant offers through to 2am. The full weather protection and integral 24 hour basement car park was intended to allow all visitors to enjoy the drama of the undercover streetscape concept in a warm and secure environment.
The Gate was named Best Commercial UK Mixed-Use Leisure Scheme, by Property Week magazine.
Since opening, The Gate has expanded rapidly, now boasting 18 venues, with the most recent popular additions of Coast to Coast and Handmade Burger Co.
Customers can currently choose from a wide range of restaurants, bars and clubs through to the state of the art 16 screen Empire Cinema and the North East’s most exciting casino venue Aspers, now accessible to everyone over 18 without membership.
Opening at 9am for brunch the centre caters to a diverse customer base including families, business people, shoppers, workmates, students, couples and groups of friends. Many venues are open late into the night with club and party nights until 2 or 3am, whilst Aspers is open 24 hours.
During 2012 The Gate welcomed over 6 million customers and the many of the venues have undergone recent investment to further cement The Gate as the North East’s premier leisure destination. This investment included additional screens for Empire Cinema, a new bar experience called ‘Jewel’ for Tiger Tiger and a refurbishment for Aspers Casino.
With secure and modern 24 hour parking, which is conveniently situated directly beneath the building, with entrance from Stowell Street, the complex also provides a wide range of customer facilities such as cash machines, free wi-fi and baby change.
The Gate’s multi-storey car park has a Secure By Design Award, approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the European Park Mark Award. In 2013 The Gate was awarded a Purple Apple Award by the British Association of Shopping Centres for their student event ‘Freshtival’.
As the most futuristic leisure destination in Newcastle, we believe that The Gate has an important part to play in the future of the city.
We actively support the North East and are excited at the prospect of further investment within the city and the centre to continue to drive Newcastle as a top UK destination.
With Za Za Bazaar, our latest venue to open in December 2013, we are keen to continue to lead the way in providing dynamic experiences for visitors to The Gate.
Come and take a look soon!