Existing Offices

Baltic Quarter is an established location
with commercial developments

Approximately 12,000 sq m (130,000 sq ft) offices constructed
and let to date being – Baltimore House, Northern Design Centre
and the newly opened PROTO.


Northern Design Centre is the newest icon on the NewcastleGateshead skyline and has quickly become the premier location for creative and design led businesses in the North East of England. You could call it designing for the designers.

We have created premium studios and conference facilities that are centred around service, functional design and striking architecture, whilst infusing all these key elements into a friendly community feel.

Northern Design Centre ensures that your staff will excel in a positive environment, one that you would be proud to invite your clients to visit, as well as offering a key central location, only a short walk from the hustle and bustle and amenities of NewcastleGateshead.

Northern Design Centre is a place where world-class concepts, collaborations and initiatives can be imagined, created, designed and developed. Over four floors, the 60,000 sq ft centre creates a regional design hub that promotes the importance and understanding of good design in the North of England – combined with a sense of innovation and fun.

It offers creative spaces for the region’s hottest designers, incubation units for exciting start ups, studios for established businesses, and bespoke conference and research facilities.

And with a dedicated business collaboration network Design Network North (DNN) based on site, Northern Design Centre has emerged as the regional focal point for NewcastleGateshead’s growing design industry.


PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre is a state-of-the-art research and development facility equipped with sound recording studio and specialist 3D character and motion capture equipment for hire. It’s also a place where tech driven SMEs can rent office space or co work from.

PROTO which is owned and managed by Gateshead Council is part of the Digital Catapult NETV network, and is also home to the North East Tees Valley Immersive Lab (one of only four in the UK).

PROTO is open to businesses of any size and from any sector but will be especially useful for high growth SMEs, giving them the opportunity to explore VR, AR and other emerging technologies. They can test the potential application of these technologies to increase productivity, improve the customer journey or to diversify.

Access to leading edge hardware and software is usually very expensive, but PROTO offers an inexpensive alternative. By removing one of the biggest barriers to entry (i.e. cost) Gateshead Council is giving start-ups, access to the tech they need to digitalise their own business or develop innovative new products.

You’ll find us on Baltic Quarter, Gateshead. The area, which has United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) status, is home to over 40 creative tech, digital and design companies; the number one college in the region; Northern Design Centre, Baltimore House and Riga (opening soon).

It’s a dynamic environment for knowledge driven companies wanting to make a big impact in global markets. The exceptional research and development facilities at PROTO coupled with access to skills and talent through Gateshead College and the high-quality workspace, across Gateshead Council’s contemporary office blocks, makes Baltic Quarter a premier destination to set up business, collaborate or study.


Baltimore House is a centre for digital, technology and high growth small to medium enterprises (SMEs).

Set over four floors it comprises offices of varying sizes from 118 sq. ft. up to 3,714 sq. ft.

Included in the facilities is VRTGO Labs, a self-contained hub for a cluster of virtual and augmented reality technology and software development companies.