Located between the city centre and the university in Newcastle, The Core, designed by architects Faulkner Brown opened in November 2014 as the first building of Science Central, providing 2.750 sq m of serviced office space for high technology and scientific companies, aiming to bring 400 jobs and £20m of economic benefit to the local economy.
Science Central is an ambitious 24-acre development on the former site of Scottish and Newcastle Breweries by Newcastle Science City, a partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University. One of the largest developments of its kind in the UK, Science City aims to aims to create a thriving, entrepreneurial scientific district, which brings together academia, the public sector, business and industry: “a global centre for urban innovation in the heart of the city”. In January, Newcastle University announced a £58 million investment plan for Science Central, including an Urban Sciences Building.
As the first building on the development, sustainability has been important for The Core and the building has a four-storey living wall, bee hotels, sedum roofs, rainwater harvesting and is surrounded by public squares as part of the overall masteplan for Science Central.
“The Core will be at the heart of one of the most innovative and inspiring city centre developments in a generation……The Core has been designed to serve as a crossing point between research expertise and commercialisation. Businesses based here will benefit from unique access to networks that could gain them crucial competitive advantage……This will be the key address to have in Science Central – and the hub of a great deal of activity in the coming years.” (Paul Fallon, Project Manager at Creative Space Management who are managing The Core)
A great example of university, city and business working together for physical and economic regeneration.