Levelling Up Fund bids

Levelling Up Fund bids

Four ambitious projects to help support economic recovery across Newcastle have been submitted to be considered for government funding.

Announced in the UK Budget in March 2021, the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) will invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support regeneration and town centre investment, local transport projects, and cultural and heritage assets. Projects should support Net Zero goals demonstrating low or zero carbon best practice. Bids can be up to £20 million per scheme and there is a requirement to provide a minimum of 10% match funding. Each Local Authority can submit one bid for every MP constituency they have within their boundary.

The Newcastle Bids:

 

Grainger Market and Old Eldon Square

A £20 million bid to secure the future of two of the city’s most iconic and treasured assets was submitted to the Levelling Up Fund.

The Grainger Market and Old Eldon Square could benefit from significant investment if the bid to the Government’s Levelling Up Fund is successful, dramatically improving the quality of the Grainger Town area.

As well as preserving these much-loved cultural assets and ensuring they continue to play a vital role in the city’s future, the funding would also improve the environment and connectivity in the city centre.

Read more about this bid.

This bid was submitted with support of Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament for Newcastle Central:

I would like to express my full support for Newcastle City Council's application for levelling up funding for Old Eldon Square/Grainger Market.

I am confident that this proposal brings investment right into the heart of our community and local economy. The Grainger Market is a unique, Grade 1 listed building that is highly valued by both residents and visitors to the city, it has the opportunity to showcase the rich trade in the city. Old Eldon Square/Blackett Street are at the core of the city centre and investment in their connectivity and environment will deliver a world class public space that celebrates the life and culture of the city.

The Covid crisis has accelerated changes in our high street and magnified the importance of local centres. This funding will allow the council to design and deliver a 21st century offer in the heart of the 19th Century heritage. It will both protect and create thousands of new city centre jobs and support Newcastle to build back better.

The bid submitted by Newcastle City Council has widespread support from city stakeholders and given the impact this bid could bring to local residents, businesses and future development in the area, I wish to make clear my full support for this application and the opportunity it represents to level up Newcastle upon Tyne.

I am confident that the measures will make a real difference to people and places in the City and across the whole of the North East.

 

Outer West leisure facility

An £18 million bid has submitted to support the development of a new leisure facility in the Outer West of Newcastle.

The state-of-the-art net zero facility would offer a new sports hall, swimming pool, gym, café, library and space for community use to consolidate and revitalise the provisions of the existing sports centre and now-closed West Denton pool.

If approved by the Government, the project would see Newcastle City Council and its leisure partner, GLL, contribute a combined £3m in matched funding.

Read more about this bid.

Catherine McKinnell, Member of Parliament for Newcastle North, support the submission of this bid:

I would like to express my full support for Newcastle City Council's application for levelling up funding to provide Leisure Facilities in West Newcastle.

The recent closure of West Denton swimming pool due to the financial impact of Covid was a real loss to residents in the outer west. Despite significant local efforts to secure the future of the pool, refurbishing the existing 60-year-old facility with its outdated plant and heating system proved too costly.

Residents in the West of Newcastle deserve access to high-quality sport and leisure facilities. This bid proposes the development of a new leisure facility in the outer west.

Access to leisure facilities has a vital role to play in facilitating good health – and will help to create long term healthy behaviours, which can in turn reduce the burden on local NHS Trusts to manage the symptoms of preventable health conditions. The new facility in the Outer West would offer a much needed opportunity to increase health and wellbeing of residents in the city.

A healthier city is both a great asset and a great investment. There is significant public support for this bid and given the impact this facility could bring to local residents, health and wellbeing I wish to make clear my full support for this application and the opportunity it represents to level up Newcastle upon Tyne.

North bank of River Tyne

Newcastle City Council is bidding for just over £17m from the government’s Levelling Up Fund to support the Tyne-based offshore and subsea industries.

The sector currently employs around 2,800 people and contributes £139m annually to the regional economy.

If successful, the Levelling Up bid will help to not only safeguard existing operations into the future but will also help to attract further inward investment and new employment opportunities.

Read more about this bid.

This bid was supported by Nick Brown, Member of Parliament for Newcastle East:

I would like to express my full support for Newcastle City Council's application for levelling up funding for the River Tyne.

The River Tyne is an important economic corridor and is home to globally significant businesses in the Offshore Energy Sector. Securing and expanding the offshore industries is critical to the UK’s future economic success.  However, this growth is threatened by the contamination of the Tyne from historical mining in the high Pennines. Levelling up funding will deliver an urgently needed River Tyne Restoration Facility which will be used to contain contaminated sediment that is being washed into operational berths when there are high river flows.  Without funding, the berth downstream of Walker Quay will cease to be viable. In addition to capital investment, it is critical that Government support is also secured for both the operating model and the long-term liabilities for this project.

The impact of investing in the River Tyne is significant – this proposal will accelerate job growth as well as safeguard the economic importance of the River Tyne for the future. It will safeguard over 2,800 jobs in Newcastle and as the Port of Tyne’s recent economic impact assessment shows 14,000 direct and indirect jobs are reliant on Port related activity.

Levelling up Funding will also be used to develop a strategic site, adjacent to the River Tyne. Woodside Avenue, located in Neptune Energy Park (an Enterprise Zone) is currently not a viable development. Once developed the site would create a 1.75 hectare developable area and reclamation of this site will create a developable platform to attract a business in the Offshore Energy Sector.  Based on conservative estimates 60 gross jobs will be created.

Both projects within the River Tyne bid will contribute to our sectoral strengths in offshore, subsea and energy. Given the impact this bid could bring to the offshore energy sector,  local residents, businesses and future development in the area, I wish to make clear my full support for this application and the opportunity it represents to level up Newcastle upon Tyne.

I am confident that the measures will make a real difference to people and places in the City and across the whole of the North East.

 

Tyne Bridge restoration

A bid for £18.45 million has been submitted to completely refurbish the grade II* listed Tyne Bridge, with the council providing just under £2 million in match funding.  

With the bridge approaching its centenary in 2028, the council is keen to source funding as the bridge needs a long overdue major maintenance programme, which includes the sizeable task of painting it, as well as upgrading many parts of this ageing structure.

Read more about this bid. 

This bid has been backed by political leaders and MPs from across the region , including all three Newcastle MPs. 

The four Newcastle bids to the Government's Levelling Up Fund have also received the support and backing of other key stakeholders in the city, including:

  • NE1
  • NGI
  • Port of Tyne
  • Hanro
  • Newcastle College Group
  • Ward Haddaway
  • DWF Law LLP

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Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: 

“We believe this package of projects is key to levelling up, strategic investments which will bring much-needed jobs, facilities and help boost our recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We know these bids have the support of our MPs and stakeholders across the city. If the government is serious about levelling up the whole country, then we urge them to match our ambitions with the funds to enable these projects to happen.”

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