Team Valley Trading Estate

The Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead dates from the 1930s and was one of the first of its kind. It is now home to over 700 firms and 20,000 employees. The age of the huge site (3 km long) means that there is a wide range of architectural styles, and mature trees spread throughout. 

Owned by UK Land Estates, who are based on the site, they commissioned a model of the whole site in 2016. Despite the large size of the model, the buildings are built at micro-scale, with some of the properties represented by just a few LEGO pieces. As with most of my projects I have used LED lighting, which runs under the buildings and lights up individual sites. The model is now on display in the reception of UKLE.

Facts and figures

  • Scale 1:2000
  • Size 1.5 m x 0.6 m
  • Brick count Approx. 6,000
  • Time to build 8 weeks
  • Completed January 2017
  • Client UK Land Estates
  • Where is the model now? Reception of UKLE, Gateshead