What will Newcastle’s city centre revamp look like?
By Sophie Swift
Newcastle’s iconic city centre is about to get a makeover.
Newcastle’s City Council recently secured £20 million for the work they’re planning, and they also hope to secure another £30 million through a mix of grant funding and private investment. But what is all this funding for?
The council plan to make changes to the general landscape of the area surrounding Grey Street and Eldon Square. All cars will be removed from the area, Grey Street will be pedestrianised, and improvements will be made to the current cycling and walking routes. Blackett Street will also be pedestrianised, and new paving, seating and greenery will be installed around the area.
Trees and foliage will also be incorporated into the new design of Northumberland Street and Saville Row, encouraging people to make the most of the outdoor space while inviting independent traders to showcase local art and produce. There have also been discussions by the council about possibly installing new water features in Old Eldon Square.
As retail was decimated by the COVID pandemic and ensuing lockdown, council officials have suggested that spaces that once housed shops that, now, will not be reopening, will be repurposed for cultural and experience-based activities and exhibitions.
Newcastle City Council wants the city centre to become a hub for cultural events and performances. Council leader Nick Forbes said that the city centre ‘must adapt to survive, as now more people are shopping online and climate change has increased the urgency for cleaner, greener spaces.’
With all these plans in mind, we’re extremely excited about what the future may hold for our city centre. What do you think?