In the 12 months since opening, occupancy has risen from 35 to 83 per cent and the centre has welcomed three million visitors.
With 240,000 sq ft of retail space, a Primary Care Trust and office accommodation, the scheme features a nine-screen Vue cinema, 41 units including Tesco, Boots, Sports Direct, Poundland, Costa Coffee, Nando’s, Gym, residential accommodation soon to house 1,000 Northumbria University students, and the recently unveiled ‘Halo’ sculpture.
Trinity Square centre manager, Tony Pickering, said: “The past year has been a huge success for Trinity Square – the centre of Gateshead has been transformed and now there is more than ever for shoppers.
“We’ve seen a growth in sales over the past few months due to an increased awareness of the varied offering at the scheme – more people are combining their shopping trip with a meal and a film, or even a trip to the gym.
“The forthcoming months are already proving to be lively with negotiations under way for some new store openings. The arrival of the students after the summer will also be mutually beneficial to local people and the community alike, and it marks a very exciting time for Trinity Square and the town of Gateshead.”
The redevelopment clinched the top commercial property award at the RICS North East Renaissance Awards in April. The annual ceremony celebrates innovative projects in the land, property and construction sectors, with the winners competing with 64 schemes from across the North East.