This is a report exploring workspaces in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle upon Tyne. The area is entering its fifth decade of regeneration and was once the former heart of the Industrial Revolution in Newcastle. In recent years, it’s emerged from a largely forgotten and derelict valley into arguably the largest creative cluster in the North East. This report looks at the size, use, occupancy and condition of Ouseburn’s workspaces.

The report aims to inform policy, funders, workspace providers, developers, and landowners in Ouseburn, as well as those who have an interest in investing in Ouseburn. We hope the findings support a case for providing more space for small businesses, artists, and creative venues to balance the current growth in residential development.

The research used in this report was carried out between March and June 2022, with supplementary research or studies cited when relevant. It is worth noting that at the time of the study, many businesses were focused on their own recovery and growth following the restrictions placed on them during the pandemic.


Data was gathered through questionnaires sent to owners and managers of commercial property contained within the Ouseburn Regeneration Strategy boundary. These were then followed up with personal approaches to ensure our report contains the broadest, most comprehensive set of data it was possible to secure.

The Ouseburn Trust has operated in the Ouseburn Valley for nearly 30 years and has a good knowledge of property owners and managers in the area. We supplemented this knowledge with further research, and liaison with other stakeholders to maximise our reach.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to complete the questionnaires and support our study with insights into their experience of managing commercial property in the Ouseburn Valley.

To read the full of the Ouseburn Workspace Report:

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