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Tesco reveals town revamp plans

Supermarket giant Tesco has released firm proposals for the redevelopment of Gateshead town centre, ahead of a planning application.

A performance space and amphitheatre seating form part of the plans being drawn up by architectural firm 3D Reid.

A Tesco store, cafes, bars, restaurants, a hotel, student flats and 40 new shops are also being proposed. Designs are expected to be issued soon.

The project includes the demolition a car park shown in the film Get Carter.

Tim Gray, director of 3D Reid, said: "As Gateshead centre is situated on the brow of a hill it has a real opportunity to show off its new town centre and the key features could certainly do this."

A spokesman for Spenhill, the development arm of Tesco, said it was excited that 3D Reid, which designed The Gate complex in Newcastle, was now part of the scheme.


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