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Accessibility

NewBridge aims to be an inclusive place to visit, where everyone is welcome. There are a range of facilities available to help you make the most of your visit, and the information on the page can be downloaded in multiple formats.

The NewBridge Project - Access Walk-Through (The Shieldfield Centre)

Join our Artist Development Programmer Dan and Community Producer Elaine on a walk through of our building at the Shieldfield Centre. This video shows you how to find the building, and has a walk through of all our spaces so you know what to expect when you arrive.

Accessing this page and our website

The information on this webpage can also be downloaded below in doc or .pdf format.

We can also provide a printed version, on request.

When opening the pdf version online screen reader technology can be used with alt text. 

The information on our website should be accessible through screen readers. If this is not the case or if you notice something is missing then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Accessing our building 

The NewBridge Project is situated in The Shieldfield Centre on Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street) opposite Subway. The main entrance is the right hand door (to the left of the Thornfield GP’s entrance).

The building has a black sign with white writing saying The NewBridge Project.

Our building has 2 floors open to the public – the lower ground floor, and the first floor. These include workshop spaces, galleries, a bookshop and community spaces. There are lifts to all of these spaces and accessible toilets on all floors.

The main entrance is through the bookshop on the ground floor of The NewBridge Project. There is always a staff member located here during opening hours who will be happy to help you with anything you may need. NewBridge Project staff can be located by their yellow lanyards.

They can give information about our exhibitions, workshops and events, and provide other information about the local area and other art and community spaces.

They will also be able to offer printed information about the exhibitions and events, including Large Print guides. NewBridge Project staff are aware of hidden disabilities and will provide assistance where possible.

If you have any queries in advance of your visit that are not covered in this document or require any assistance on your future visit please e-mail Community Coordinator Elaine at elaine@thenewbridgeproject.com

If you require any assistance when you are at The NewBridge Project on your visit please ask any staff member. You will always find a member of staff from The NewBridge Project in the bookshop and gallery.

Main entrance access

The main entrance on Clarence Walk is wheelchair accessible.

The entrance is across a car park, and there is a small step up from the road to the pavement in front of the building. Sometimes there can be a large puddle in front of the step if we have had heavy rain.

Parking

There are 2 accessible parking spaces in front of the main entrance.

There are a further 8 parking spaces in the car park at the front of the building.

Lifts

The NewBridge Project has a public lift that travels between the Lower Ground Floor and the 2nd Floor.

Please note there are 2 lifts but one is decommissioned. Please use the lift on the right hand side when you come in.

Visual

Exhibition guides, labels and any floor maps that are be available for the exhibitions are available in large print format. These are available in the exhibition, reception or from any NewBridge Project staff.

Where possible we also provide exhibition guides translated in to other languages.

 

Assistance Dogs / Animals

  • We welcome trained and uniformed assistance dogs.
  • Water bowls for dogs are available on request.

General

  • Entrance to The NewBridge Project and all exhibitions is always free.
  • Some events have a small cost – this information will be provided for each event.
  • Carers go to NewBridge paid events for free, no proof of eligibility is required. If you require a free carers ticket for a paid event email elaine@thenewbridgeproject.com.
  • If you would prefer to visit an exhibition when the space is quiet and closed to other members of the public, or if you would like to organise a visit for a group outside normal opening hours please email elaine@thenewbridgeproject.com

Before you visit

  • The NewBridge Project is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday 12 pm – 5 pm (it will be open every other Saturday from April 2023 onward).
  • We are open for events outside opening hours – there will either be a person on the door when you arrive, and if you are late a phone number will be on the door for you to call for entry.

Covid

  • We do not currently have any covid restrictions for visitors, though staff may sometimes be wearing masks, and you are always welcome to wear a mask if you prefer.
  • We will always follow up to date guidelines and update this page if necessary.

Getting Here

Address:

The NewBridge Project
The Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1AL

Travel by public transport

  • The nearest railway station is Newcastle Central Station; approximately 1.1miles (23 minute walk) from The NewBridge Project.
  • The nearest Metro Station is Manors; approximately 0.5 miles (10 minute walk) from The NewBridge Project

Travel by Taxi

Accessible taxis are available locally through Deans Taxis. They can be contacted on 0191 444 4444, or ask at a member of staff at The NewBridge Project who will be happy to book this for you.

Travel by Bus

Toon Tour (Go North East) runs every 30 minutes. It is a yellow and blue open top double decker bus. The closest stop on this route to The NewBridge Project is Stoddart Street-Bermondsey Street. This bus stop does not have a shelter or seating.

1 (stagecoach) runs every 20 minutes. It is a blue and orange bus. The closest stop on this to The NewBridge Project is Portland Street-Warwick Street. This bus stop has a sheltered seating area.

32 and 32a (stagecoach) has varying running times. It is a white, blue and orange bus. The closest stop on this to The NewBridge Project is Portland Street-Warwick Street. This bus stop has a sheltered seating area.

Parking

  • The Shieldfield Centre has a free car park however spaces are limited. Please email elaine@thenewbridgeproject.com to ensure a parking space is free.
  • When travelling by car, follow signs for The Shieldfield Centre.
  • There are dropped curbs for wheelchair users.
  • Access to The NewBridge Project from the carpark is level.

Visitor Care Support

  • A number of NewBridge Project Staff are Dementia Friends and have received Neurodiversity Training.
  • All printed guides are available in large print format. These are available in the gallery and at the front desk.
  • All films in The NewBridge Project are subtitled.
  • If required, in the event of an emergency you will be assisted by staff either out of the building or to a safe refuge point.