Newcastle Science Central is certainly an ambitious urban regeneration project, and given the hub’s massive 10-hectare area, it is also one of the largest of its kind currently underway in the UK. Built on what was once the site of the Newcastle Brown Ale brewery, the completed science and technology hub is projected to bring 4,000 jobs, 500,000sq ft of office space, and 450 new homes to the Newcastle city centre.

Back in June 2016, investment firm Legal & General Capital signed on as a long term investment partner on the project alongside Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, making an initial investment of £65million which will reportedly fund the construction of more than 200,000sq ft of Grade A office space. Now the first stage of this plan is beginning to get underway, as the firm recently submitted a planning application for the first new building to be constructed within the hub.

Newcastle Science Central   - Img: Ryder Architecture
Designed by Ryder Architecture, the first building will provide 100,000sq ft of office space which will accommodate around 1,200 workers. While the design and construction are being overseen by Ryder Architecture and Legal & General Capital, the completed building will be managed and operated by Newcastle City Council.

Once the first new office building is taken care of it will soon be followed by a second, also comprising of approximately 100,000sq ft of Grade A space. These two building alongside a 27,00sq ft space known as The Core, designed as a space for start-ups and SMEs, will form the gateway to Newcastle Science Central. Between these building will be situated a central public square.

Ryder partner Richard Wise said of the project, “The application for planning approval for Plot 1 marks a significant milestone in the development of Newcastle Science Central. It is a clear signal of the intent and ambitions of Legal & General and the Science Central LLP.  It represents the first significant tranche of private sector investment into what to date has been a predominantly publicly funded development.

“Ryder is delighted to be the lead consultant for the project enjoying a strong relationship with the client team and the wider Newcastle Science Central stakeholders.  We look forward to delivering the next stages of the project.””

Rachel Dickie, urban regeneration investment manager at Legal & General Capital, also commented on the development, “This is an important step forward for this exciting city centre regeneration project, giving further visualisation to the quality and vibrancy of the urban landscape that will be created here at Newcastle Science Central in collaborative partnership with the council and the university.  Working with leading architect, Ryder, it was important to us all that the design of this building pays homage to Newcastle’s rich history, while also embracing and supporting its technology savvy future.  If planning is successful, we hope to be able to be on site by January 2018.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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