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Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts
Etienne Clement Download Original
- Begun: Sep 1999
- Completed: Aug 2001
- Floor area: 13,200m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £36.6M
- Tender date: Jul 1999
- Procurement: JCT 98 with Contractors Design Supplement
- Address: Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA, United Kingdom
- Architect: Ellis Williams Architects
- Project architects: Dominic Williams, Iain Fairbairn, Jason Geen, John Adden, Keith Jupp
- Client: Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
- Structural engineer: Atelier One
- Quantity surveyor: Boydens & Company
- Acoustics: AAD
- Lighting: Arup Lighting
- Access management: Burdess Access Management
- Fire management: Warrington Fire Research
- Main contractor: HBG Construction North East
Renovation of a industrial flour silo on the banks of the River Tyne to create a six-storey art gallery
Only the south and north facades of the original industrial 1950s building were retained. A new structure consisting of six main floors and three mezzanines was secured between the facades to contain arts space (four galleries and a flexible performance space), artists' studios, cinema/lecture space, shop, library and archive for the study of contemporary art and the rooftop restaurant on level six.
The entire floor plan of the original building had comprised a honeycomb of flour silos – concrete boxes rising the full height of the building. Most have been stripped out but some have been retained to maintain authenticity and structural stability as well as to house full height services, stairwells and the biggest delivery lift in Europe.
An additional two-storey structure: The Riverside Building, was constructed to the west of the main building, providing the main entrance into BALTIC, which looks out across Baltic Square and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.