Diarmuid Gavin’s Gateshead Urban Garden ‘overambitious’
Plans for the world’s largest shipping container garden, due to be built on the Gateshead bank of the Tyne have been shelved.
Designer Diarmuid Gavin’s concept, involving a multi-level complex with bars, cafes, food outlets and a steam train has been called ‘overambitious’ by Gateshead Council.
Planning permission was granted last December.
However, it says the site at Hillgate Quays will still be developed as part of the Great Exhibition of the North, which begins in June.
About 60 shipping containers were going to be used on the site where the Tuxedo Princess and Tuxedo Royale boats used to be docked.
Officials stated ‘the technical, logistical and commercial aspects of this development… were unlikely to be realised within the timescales set out’.
The garden was part of the official programme for the Great Exhibition of the North and exhibition chairman Sir Gary Verity had described the plans as “ground-breaking”.