The existing building on the Tyne bankside is to be converted into the UK’s largest contemporary art gallery outside London. As such a prominent landmark, the Baltic Flour Mills project rests physically and symbolically at the centre of Gateshead’s vision for the rejuvenation of the riverside.
The transformation of the Baltic Flour Mills will consist of hollowing out the existing grain silos leaving only the exterior monolithic walls in place. The gallery spaces will be suspended between these North and South walls which serve to screen that which is contained while becoming screens for projections and other surface installations. Also included in the project is a cinema, educational and administrational facilities and a ground floor cafe. The whole is surmounted by a lightweight autonomous structure comprising of glass rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic views of Gateshead, Newcastle and beyond.
The competition winning scheme is due to be completed in 1999 and will be a landmark structure for Gateshead.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION MARCH 1996 - This new build project located in Westminster, comprises two buildings linked together by bridge connections and a stair. The 4 storey Classroom Block contains Classrooms, Laboratories, a Sixth Form Suite, Staff and Administration facilities. The Sports Hall Block contains a multi purpose Sports Hall, ancillary changing facilities, a Drama Studio, Chapel, Fitness Studio and roof garden . The concrete frame construction, exposed in places, supports a curtain walling system of glass, stainless steel and stone panels.