If you have any queries about the ceremony, please contact Rachel Rooney at The Open University in the North, Baltic Business Quarter, Abbots Hill, Gateshead, NE8 3DF, Telephone: +44 (0)191 202 6918 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The contact point for graduates on the day of the ceremony will be the Reception Desk at Sage Gateshead, telephone +44 (0)191 443 4666.
Sage Gateshead is the international centre for music designed by Norman Foster and opened in 2004. It is part of the redevelopment of Gateshead Quays, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Information about accommodation in the area can be found at www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com or through local tourist information offices. You can telephone the accommodation booking service on 0191 440 5757.
From the A1: Take the exit signposted (from the South) Gateshead and Newcastle (Centre) A184 or (from the North) Gateshead A184. Keep in the left-hand lane of A184 signposted Gateshead town centre. At roundabout, take third exit, signposted Gateshead town centre. Go straight through three sets of traffic lights. At the fourth turn left onto Oakwellgate. Take first right immediately under the railway bridge up the slope into Sage Gateshead car park, or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.
From Newcastle Centre: From the Tyne Bridge, go through the pedestrian traffic lights, under the railway bridge and straight across the next traffic lights. At the next lights, take the left signed Gateshead Quays and East Gateshead (NOT the loop signed Consett or Metro Centre).
At the first lights with Mecca Bingo on your right, turn left onto Oakwellgate. Stay in the right hand lane under the railway bridge and take first right into Sage Gateshead car park or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.
From the Swing Bridge: Go straight up Bridge Street, which turns into Cannon Street: as the road bears round to the right, go left for the drop-off point or blue badge parking or follow the road right into Oakwellgate and take the first left to Sage Gateshead car park just before the railway bridge.
There is a drop off and pick up point at the west door of Sage Gateshead. The venue has a car park which charges by the hour, located directly behind the building (£1.50 per hour, payable on exit) there is an overflow car park (£1.50 per hour, ticket parking) to the east of the building. Further public car parking is available within ten minutes walking distance from Sage Gateshead.
The nearest mainline train station is Newcastle Central Station. From there you can either: Catch the QuayLink bus direct to Sage (ten minutes journey). Take the Metro one stop to Gateshead (a couple of minutes journey time then either a ten minute walk to Sage Gateshead or catch the QuayLink bus from Gateshead Interchange). Walk across the Tyne Bridge from Central Station (twenty minutes). Take a taxi (about ten minutes).
Newcastle coach station is operated by National Express and is situated at St James' Boulevard, ten minutes walk from the Metro at Central Station.
Gateshead Metro and Bus Interchange is a 10-15 minute walk to Sage Gateshead or a short bus ride. There are regular buses from Newcastle and around the region, and the Metro runs from Newcastle centre, the airport, the coast and Sunderland. For further information about bus and metro, contact Taveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelinenortheast.info. The Quayside bus services (Q1) takes five minutes from Gateshead Interchange to Sage Gateshead. The service runs every 30 minutes until 11:00 then every ten minutes. See the website for details: www.simplygo.com/our-services/quaylink
On foot from Gateshead Metro
The route from the Metro and Bus station is signposted to Gateshead Quays and Sage Gateshead. Exit onto West Street. Turn left and walk down to the traffic lights. Turn right on to Askew Road, straight over the traffic lights at the end of Tyne Bridge and then left at the next traffic lights onto Oakwellgate. Sage Gateshead is on your right. This walk takes about ten minutes.
Newcastle International Airport is located about 6 miles to the north of the city, and is about 20 minutes away by car or taxi, or 30 minutes by metro.
Sage Gateshead has a café restaurant on the main concourse level which serves breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as a wide range of homemade cakes, alternatively the Brasserie Restaurant (advanced booking recommended) offers an elegant setting for a two or three course menu. Please telephone +44 (0)191 443 4654 to make your booking and receive a 10% discount. There is also a wide range of cafes and bars in the Quayside area. For further information see www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com
In order to celebrate the occasion, graduates and guests are most welcome to attend a reception after the ceremony, when wine and soft drinks will be available in the foyer areas outside Hall 1 on Levels 1, 2 and 3. Graduates and their guests may attend a reception at any of these areas.
Toilets and Cloakroom
There are toilet facilities - including accessible toilets - on each level of Sage Gateshead. A free cloakroom facility is provided by Sage Gateshead on the Concourse level.