15 March 2022/ Industrial guides

Find your next industrial property to rent in Gateshead

Discover your next industrial property in Gateshead

Situated on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite Newcastle upon Tyne is Gateshead, a large town known for its iconic architecture, beautiful countryside, fantastic transport connections and wonderful quality of life.

There has been a settlement on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne, around the old river crossing where the Swing Bridge now stands, since Roman times. Both Newcastle as well as Gateshead led the way in the Industrial Revolution. The region is the birthplace of the modern railway, and it’s also known for building world-class ships, the world’s first steam turbine, and even the light bulb.

Today, Gateshead is known as a northern economic powerhouse, continuing its growth trajectory, with a focus on cutting-edge industry and innovation.

Its location in the North East of England is another big draw for businesses. North East England is one of the UK’s fastest growing economies with a highly skilled, flexible workforce, great connections to global markets and a low cost base. It’s easy to see why over 71,000 businesses call the region home.

The town has also become increasingly popular for students due to its proximity to Newcastle and Northumbria universities. It’s also home to cultural spots like the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead.

If you’re interested in basing your business here, we have everything you need to know about occupying industrial space in Gateshead.  

Industrial areas around Gateshead

Gateshead is a town of many contrasts. It has a large urban centre, which can be found around the main town centre. There are also a number of smaller urban areas and busy employment hubs such as Blaydon, Whickham, Felling and Birtley. Around two thirds of the town is rural with numerous small settlements such as Kibblesworth, Sunniside, Chopwell and High Spen.

The urban core, shared with Newcastle, is a key driver of growth through the digital economy, knowledge-based businesses, and cultural-led regeneration. There are also a number of industrial sites located around the town. One of the biggest in the area is the Team Valley Trading Estate, which today supports 700 companies and 20,000 jobs. There’s also the East Gateshead Industrial Estate based on Albany Road, just off the A184, as well as Follingsby Park a modern industrial estate extending to 110 acres at the centre of the Tyne & Wear conurbation.

In years gone by, the Quayside also played an important role in Gateshead and Newcastle's industrial history and heritage, serving as a commercial dockside. Coal was also ferried down to the Quayside via the Victoria Tunnels, which are now a popular tourist attraction, while factories such as the Baltic Flour Mill and Hoults Yard pottery, which have both since been transformed, flourished nearby at Gateshead Quays and Ouseburn. After much of the industry moved on, the area underwent a huge gentrification in the early 2000s, and has since become a hub of arts and culture for the North East, as well as a home to many of the region's best bars and pubs.

Getting around Gateshead

Gateshead has fantastic rail links

Gateshead is served by seven stations operated by National Rail and Tyne & Wear Metro.

The Tyne & Wear Metro stations at Gateshead Interchange and Gateshead Stadium provide direct access to Newcastle Central, Newcastle Airport , Sunderland, Tynemouth and South Shields Interchange. The East Coast Main Line, which runs from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley, cuts directly through the town on its way between Newcastle Central and Chester-le-Street stations. In fact, you can reach Gateshead and Newcastle from London by train in under three hours.

Several major road links pass through Gateshead

Both the A1, which links London to Edinburgh as well as the A184, which connects the town to Sunderland pass through Gateshead.

Buses are plentiful and frequent

Buses can be caught from various locations around the town. You can also hop on an electric Quaylink bus, where you can travel to the Quayside, Newcastle and Ouseburn.

An international airport is on Gateshead doorstep

Newcastle International Airport is less than eight miles from the city centre and offers both internal and long-haul flights to more than 80 destinations around the world with the likes of EasyJet, Emirates, British Airways, KLM, and bmi regional.

Business amenities in Gateshead

If you need a room for the night, Gateshead has plenty of options from budget up to luxury. If you don’t mind splurging a little, why not enjoy a night or two at the Gibside Hotel? A perfect venue for business or leisure stays, meetings, and events. Not only does this hotel offer five-star service but it’s also ideally located just five minutes from the A1. Another fantastic choice for the business traveller is the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel, which overlooks the Tyne Bridge and is less than a mile from Gateshead metro station and eight minutes from the A1 motorway.

For more affordable options that don’t sacrifice quality for convenience, you can also book a room at the Premier Inn, Travelodge, or Ramada Encore.

Gateshead has lots of retail space available

In addition to its abundance of well-equipped industrial spaces, Gateshead has lots of retail space available. There’s Retail World Team Valley, which is one of the twenty largest retail parks in the UK. And of course, there’s the Metrocentre, Europe’s largest indoor mall-style shopping centre, conveniently situated beside the A1 in Gateshead.

There are plenty of things to keep you busy in Gateshead

If you’re in and out for a quick meeting, or you’re planning to stay a little longer, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you busy in Gateshead. From fine dining experiences to innovative street food, Gateshead restaurants have it all. If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, head to Metrocentre. The massive, indoor shopping centre is home to high street shops, designer brands and big-name department stores as well as family-friendly entertainment, restaurants and bars. If you’d like to soak up the culture, head to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, which has an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions. Or head to The Sage, a culture centre for live music with a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year. If you prefer working up a sweat, then Gateshead has a number of gyms located in various spots around town.

Notable industrial tenants in Gateshead

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Industrial tenants in Gateshead include:

  • Calder
  • Complete Material Handling
  • Altrad
  • Towne Lifting and Testing
  • Rotary Machine Tools

Key industrial agents in Milton Keynes

  • Naylors Gavin Black
  • Bradley Hall Ltd
  • Colliers International
  • HTA Real Estate
  • Lambert Smith Hampton Ltd
  • Avison Young
  • Knight Frank LLP

The future of industrial space in Gateshead

As a region, Newcastle and Gateshead are highly attractive to investors. In fact, Invest Newcastle reported that it facilitated a record number of new investments and expansions in Newcastle and Gateshead during 2020, despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. The investment group, which is tasked with attracting investment to the North East and helping local firms grow through financing packages, said it had supported 26 new businesses to invest and locate their business in Newcastle and Gateshead.

As Gateshead continues to recognise the importance of creating the right conditions for investment to attract new businesses and development, and to sustain our existing industries, this bodes well for the industrial property market.