The creation of Newcastle Science Central, a new modern business hub intended to deliver 500,000m2 of office and research space, more than 4,000 jobs, and 450 new homes as part of one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration projects, is certainly an ambitious endeavour. Legal & General Capital, the investment arm of Legal & General Group who have served as the long-term investment partner for the development since June 2016, clearly maintain a high level on confidence in the project however as they recently secured planning permission for their second Grade A office building on the site.

Encompassing workspace for more than 1,200 employees spread across 100,000m2, the building will be built to the same high standards as the larger hub, which has been developed from the ground up to meet both British Council for Office standards and BREEAM Excellent standard, receiving an EPC rating of A.

Once completed Legal & General’s two buildings will, along with a 27,000m2 space intended for startups and SMEs, form the gateway into Newcastle Science Central, with the area between the three becoming a new public square.

Jonathan Seebacher, architectural director for Ryder Architecture whose company designed the new premises, commented, “We are delighted to see the second Legal & General building achieve this significant milestone. Building B is the flagship at the heart of Science Central which promises to bring a unique and exciting offer to the Newcastle office market.”

Meanwhile Legal & General Investment Management’s senior development manager, Ben Rodgers, stated, “Through the regeneration of Newcastle Science Central, we will be able to deliver an ambitious vision for this landmark site that will see new uses of Newcastle city centre space, including state-of-the-art office and research accommodation, new homes, hotel and public realm, and will bring thousands of new jobs to the area. 

“This planning consent is yet another great step in achieving these goals with construction of this flagship office building planned to start on site next year and targeted for completion in early 2020.”

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 as he continues to expand his horizons.
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