Workshops & industrial units to rent in Gateshead

Gateshead, a dynamic city on the Tyne & Wear, boasts a blend of industrial heritage and modern vibrancy. Near the bustling city of Newcastle, it’s celebrated for its historic innovations and creative prowess. At BizSpace, we present a range of workshops and industrial units to let. Our units are in strategic locations across Tyne & Wear and are ideal for businesses looking for short-term flexibility, long-term leases, or something in between.

Why rent a workshop or light industrial unit in Gateshead? 

Gateshead is an attractive destination for businesses looking for workshops or industrial units for rent. Some of the reasons why include:

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Strategic Location

Gateshead boasts excellent connectivity. It has convenient access to the A1 motorway, the Tyne Bridge, and Newcastle International Airport. This strategic position allows businesses to reach customers and suppliers quickly and easily across the UK and beyond.


Gateshead offers considerably lower rental costs for industrial units and workshops than major cities. This can be a significant draw for startups and small businesses looking to minimise overhead expenses while securing adequate space for their operations.

Flexibility and Growth Potential 

Renting an industrial unit allows for flexibility in scaling operations according to business needs, offering a stepping stone for growth within a region continually evolving and expanding its commercial offerings.

Supportive Business Environment

Gateshead fosters a thriving community of businesses across various industries, from established manufacturers to creative workshops and niche startups. This network provides opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing, and potential partnerships.

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Skilled Workforce

The region boasts a readily available pool of skilled labour, particularly in engineering, manufacturing, and logistics. This simplifies recruitment and ensures businesses can access the talent they need to thrive.

Quality of Life

Gateshead offers a blend of urban convenience and green spaces, with access to the River Tyne and surrounding countryside. This attractive environment contributes to a positive work-life balance for employees, enhancing productivity and attracting talent.

What are the different types of industrial units in Tyne & Wear?

Across Tyne & Wear, you’ll find a variety of industrial unit types. Each unit type caters to various industries and businesses, encompassing manufacturing, warehousing, logistics, distribution, etc. Our light industrial units are spaces for light manufacturing, assembly, or distribution businesses and typically feature open floor plans and facilities suitable for smaller-scale industrial operations. Workshops serve as spaces for skilled trades and craft-based activities, accommodating various industries. Studio workshops are tailored to creative sectors, providing venues for artists, designers, and craftspeople engaged in digital media and design. Small warehouses serve the needs of small businesses looking for basic storage solutions to store and organise their stock or inventory. Industrial storage is much larger and serves as storage and distribution centres – it supports manufacturing and logistics, and is crucial for businesses involved in the movement and storage of goods.

What are the main industries in Gateshead?

Gateshead boasts a diverse economy. Key industries include manufacturing, digital and creative sectors, retail, health, education, and tourism. The town’s historical significance in manufacturing means that most businesses renting or looking for workshops and industrial units include companies in manufacturing and engineering. However, contractors, craftspeople, and skilled tradespeople utilise these units for various other purposes, including construction, creative endeavours, logistics, technology, trade businesses, and much more. Gateshead’s heritage in manufacturing is complemented by a growing focus on the digital and creative fields, supported by local cultural attractions, which contribute to Gateshead’s overall economic vibrancy.

A brief history of Gateshead’s industrial past?

Gateshead boasts a rich industrial history, beginning in the 18th century. Thanks to its proximity to the River Tyne – a vital transport route for importing and exporting – industries like shipbuilding, coal mining, and heavy manufacturing thrived. As Gateshead’s industrial landscape expanded – partly thanks to the development of iron and steel production – the iconic Gateshead Quayside became a hub for shipping and trading. However, from the mid-20th century, it saw a decline in heavy industry, as did many towns and cities across the UK. Today, Gateshead honours its past while embracing tourism, renewables, and a diverse future. In recent years, efforts have focused on regeneration and repurposing former industrial sites for commercial, residential, and cultural development

Transportation links in Gateshead

Gateshead boasts a well-connected and diverse transportation network, making it easy for residents and visitors alike to navigate.

Road Networks: The area is well-connected via major roads like the A1 and A1(M), providing access to Newcastle, the northeast, and the wider UK road network. The A184, known as the Felling Bypass, connects Gateshead to South Tyneside and the city’s eastern part.

Buses: An extensive bus network connects Gateshead’s districts and surrounding towns. Whether you’re heading to Team Valley for work or Gateshead Quays for leisure, a bus is a good way to travel.

Tyne and Wear Metro: The iconic Metro system is the backbone of public transport in Gateshead, whisking you across the city and into Newcastle in minutes, with frequent services and accessible stations like GatesheadInterchange and St. James.

Rail Connections: Newcastle Central Station, a major railway hub, is close to Gateshead, providing national rail connections, including services to London and other major UK cities.

River Transport: The Shields Ferry – a unique passenger ferry service shuttle between Gateshead and South Shields – offers stunning Tyne Bridge and Quayside views.

Air Travel: Newcastle International Airport, a short distance from Gateshead, offers domestic and international flights, enhancing business and travel opportunities for residents and businesses in the region.

How many industrial units are available in Gateshead?

Gateshead and the surrounding Tyne and Wear have several workshops and industrial units to rent. While it would be difficult to provide an exact figure across the whole region, at BizSpace, we let workshops at several business centres, including BizSpace Gateshead Design Works in FellingBusiness Park and BizSpace Gateshead Felling closer towards the River Tyne on Green Lane. A bit further out of Gateshead, to the east of the region, you can also find BizSpace Hebburn in the borough of Hebburn.

What size industrial unit do I need in Gateshead?

The size of the industrial unit you need in Gateshead depends on your business operations. You should rent a small industrial unit if you have light manufacturing or storage requirements, and it is suitable for startups or smaller businesses. Renting a medium-sized industrial unit is appropriate for companies with moderate manufacturing needs. For those with substantial manufacturing, warehousing, or distribution requirements, accommodating heavy machinery or bulk storage, you should rent a large industrial unit. To determine the best fit, consider the nature of your business, production volume, equipment, and growth projections.

How much does it cost to rent an industrial unit in Gateshead?

The cost of renting an industrial unit in Gateshead can vary significantly based on several factors, including the size of the unit, its location within Gateshead, the specific amenities and facilities offered, the condition of the space, and the current real estate market trends. Generally, in Gateshead, you can expect a starting price of £200 per month for a small unit (averaging 480 sq. ft.), a starting price of £500 for a medium-sized unit (averaging 850 sq. ft.), and a starting price of £650 for a large unit (averaging 1,900 sq. ft.).

How to find the right industrial unit in Gateshead?

Finding the ideal workshop or industrial unit for rent may seem daunting, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Here are some essential factors to consider, simplifying the process of discovering the perfect space for your needs:

Your needs

Determine the crucial factors for your business—size, location, amenities, and budget—to narrow your search effectively.

True cost

Calculating your unit’s actual rental cost before signing up is essential. For example, business rates, service, maintenance charges, etc.



Consider how flexible you need the space and if you need an additional type of workspace. Discover all the different workspaces and their respective BizSpace locations below.

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Book a visit

Take a look around the units yourself to assess their suitability. Evaluate factors like space layout, utilities, accessibility, and infrastructure alignment with your business needs.

Lease terms

Review lease agreements meticulously, ensuring they align with your business plans. BizSpace agreements are easy to understand and adaptable to your needs.

Legal consultation

If you need more clarification, seek advice from legal and financial advisors to understand the implications and ensure compliance with regulations.

What other commercial property is available in Gateshead?

Businesses in need of workshops and industrial units may also require additional workspace. For example, your business may require office and storage space and an industrial unit to work from. Discover the range of BizSpace workspace options in Gateshead:

How to find a workshop or industrial unit in Gateshead?

Find the workshop you want from the list above and book a viewing. We’ll show you around our workshops, and where applicable, our business centres. We’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have.
We have simple one-page license agreements for short-term rentals or leases for long-term rentals. Signing up is quick and easy – and all our terms are transparent.
You could be ready to go within an hour. And our dedicated centre managers are on hand – where applicable – to support you during and after moving in.

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