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NSC/LGC – Newcastle Science Central – Tyne and Wear - Project Profile

NSC/LGC – Newcastle Science Central – Tyne and Wear - Project Profile


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Newcastle Science City (NSC) partnership between Newcastle City Council (NCC) and Newcastle University (NU) and Legal & General Capital (LGC) are jointly planning to undertake the construction of Newcastle Science Central project in Tyne and Wear, the UK.

The project involves the construction of a mixed-use development on 9.7ha of land and is being implemented in three phases.

The first phase includes the construction of 16,500m2 science facilities, 3,502m2 business facilities, 450 new homes, 47,000m2 office space with 9,290m2 two grade A office buildings, 994m2 leisure facilities and a 4,998m2 campus for Newcastle College’s School of Applied Science. The first building of this phase is "The Core" and the second building is "The Sage" or Urban Sciences Building.

It also includes the construction of four-storey Learning & Teaching Centre. It will boast a 750-seat high-quality auditorium that can be sub-divided flexible to provide separate operational 500 and 250 seat lecture theaters and will be linked to the urban sciences building with an enclosed bridge clad in mirrored glass. It is expected to cost US$36 million.

The master plan of the project divides the site into zones.

The commercial zone, called ‘Facing the City’, will be the gateway for people into the site from Barrack Road, Strawberry Place, Gallowgate and Bath Lane. It will have a cluster of buildings for small businesses and science activities.

The central zone, ‘Science at the Heart’, will be for science-related research companies, and will be built around Science Central.

The north-west zone of the site includes the residential element, ‘Living amongst Science’. The scheme will be linked to specialist occupiers with homes for researchers and students.

The south zone called the ‘Living in the City’ will provide 93 three-bedroom family homes, 93 two-and three-bedroom flats, and 1,000 rooms spanning 19974m2 for students.

Aecom, Adroit Economics, Hopkins Architects, WSP and Faithfull and Gould have been appointed as the lead consultants, Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Limited as the economic advice and planning consultant to City Development Company 1NG, Faulkner Browns as the architect, Mott MacDonald as the engineer consultant, Land Use Consultants as the landscape architect, Phillip Rowden Architecture as the design contractor for the Gateway Building project which will be the first building on the first phase of the project.

In October 2009, Make Architects appointed as the master planner for the project and in February 2011, Make Architects had submitted the planning application to the concerned authorities, was approved in April 2011.

On July 13, 2012, NCC issued a tender for design-build contract and August 17, 2012, was the last date to submit the bids.

In August 2012, Hall Construction Services Ltd. was appointed as the Enabling Contractor for the infrastructure works of the first phase of the project. The scope of the contract includes the construction of road access to the new building and to future development plots. It also includes earthworks, drainage, utility supplies, highway design and landscaping.

In March 2013, Sir Robert McAlpine was appointed as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the first building of the project. The scope of the contract includes construction of the 4,600m2 first building known as "Gateway Building".

In September 2013, a design contest had been launched for the 10,000m2 second building known as "Sage" which will house Newcastle University's Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering and is part of the first phase of the project.

In February 2014, Hawkins Brown was appointed to design the second building, 'Sage' of the project.

In November 2014, the construction works on The Core was completed. In December 2014, NSC issued request for qualification (RFQ) for the design-build contract on second building of the first phase.

On February 25, 2015, the infrastructure works on first phase were completed.

On June 29, 2015, NSC received planning permission for state-of-the-art Urban Sciences Building (USB) from Newcastle City Council planning committee.

Bowmer and Kirkland Group has been appointed as construction contractor for the US$85 million second building The Sage" or Urban Sciences Building on the first phase of the project.

On July 21, 2016, tender issued to appoint the contractor for Learning & Teaching Centre with submission deadline as August 19, 2016.

Sheppard Robson has been appointed as architect for the Learning & Teaching Centre.

In January 2017, NU has awarded Sir Robert McAlpine as pre-construction contractor for the Learning & Teaching Centre.

In March 2017, Ryder Architecture has been appointed as architect for the first office building.

In April 2017, NSC secured planning approvals for the Learning & Teaching Centre.

In June 2017, NSC submitted a planning application for the first grade-A office building.

Construction work on Learning & Teaching Centre is scheduled to be completed in July 2019. Construction work on the first grade-A office building is expected in January 2018.

Construction works on the second building is underway and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2017.


The project involves the construction of a mixed-use development on 9.7ha of land in Tyne and Wear, the UK.

The US$502 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of science facilities

2. Construction of business facilities

3. Construction of leisure facilities

4. Construction of a college campus

5. Construction of commercial zone

6. Construction of science-related research facilities

7. Construction of 450 residential units

8. Construction of 93 three-bedroom family homes

9. Construction of 93 two and three bedroom flats

10. Construction of 1,000 rooms for studentsReasons To Buy

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