'Giants on the Quayside' is a £100 million project being constructed on the old Spillers flour mill site. The site will contain up to 15 bars and restaurants, a 12 metre tall statue dubbed "The Geordie Giant", a virtual golf club and the main attraction, Europe's tallest observation wheel - aptly named "The Whey Aye".
Construction was initially supposed to begin in the summer of 2020, however this was pushed back to the end of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision to push the construction start date back further, to the spring of 2021, comes as coronavirus cases surge in the North East.
The Newcastle chief executive of the World Wheel Company Phil Lynagh, told the ChronicleLive, "It is critical that we begin the project at the right time and that is why it is essential for us to move the start on site date.”
He remains confident that the project will go ahead, and claims the £100 million venue will provide 800 new jobs for the city and 698,000 tourists per year, providing a huge boost to the local economy.
This project has been controversial, with critics concerned about the impact on the Quayside views. Many worry about the effects this attraction will have on local transport and road networks. There remains uncertainty surrounding the effects of coronavirus on the tourism industry and what impact it may have on this construction.
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