Project Aims and Aspirations

This project will provide a landmark building and high-profile visual symbol of the impact of the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal. The new Maltings will also act as a key driver for the culture-led regeneration of Berwick-upon-Tweed — and a significant catalyst for economic growth, job creation, renewed civic pride, destination tourism, creative and commercial development.

The project will:

  • Provide a landmark cultural attraction at the heart of the town, creating a new focal point for visitors and residents’ year-round activity and a cornerstone of destination development

  • Broaden the visitor offer by working in partnership with complimentary proposals reflecting the wider, environmental, heritage, commercial and cultural interests of the town

  • Develop an improved wet weather daytime facility for residents and visitors

  • Develop a year-round festival/events programme to grow the evening economy and lengthen the visitor season

  • Raise awareness of Berwick-upon-Tweed and its diverse assets, maximising its appeal as both a day trip and overnight destination and supporting year-round growth in revenues and employment across the visitor economy

  • Facilitate skills development and job creation through the provision of on-site learning activity, apprenticeships and new jobs.

Budget and Scale of Project

Est £14m to include design, build and internal/technical fit out to agreed specification.

The New Maltings venue will provide 75% expansion of the existing Maltings building covering a floor area of 5,365m2.


Northumberland County Council as the Contracting Authority are managing the competition through the ProContract e-tendering portal.

The reference number specific to The Maltings tender is DN582146.