PROTO: The Emerging Technology Centre

PROTO is the first digital production facility of its kind in Europe. It partners with animators, film makers and games developers to help them create exciting and meaningful digital content.

It offers 3D character, motion and audio capture in one unique place. It’s also a place where tech driven SMEs can rent office space or co-work from.

PROTO is fast becoming a base for the region’s most trailblazing businesses and offers contemporary office and co-working space.

PROTO is part of the Digital Catapult NETV network, and is also home to the North East Tees Valley Immersive Lab (one of only four in the UK).

The centre is open to businesses of any size and from any sector but will be especially useful for high growth SMEs, giving them the opportunity to explore VR, AR and other emerging technologies.

PROTO complements the adjacent Northern Design Centre on Baltic Quays, and is supporting the accelerated incubation of technology-driven North East SMEs.

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Project timeline
2016 Pipeline

Start of feasibility and business case development

2017 In progress

Project approved and in construction phase

2018 Complete

Opened September 2018. Project formally launched October 2018.

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Project Stats
Business growth and access to finance, Innovation
Project Status
Project Location
Project Organisation
Gateshead Council
Project Funding
Local Growth Fund
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