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Newcastle Science Central is North East England’s new landmark location for science, business, living and leisure. Spanning 24 acres of prime city-centre development land in Newcastle, it is designed to support a thriving community, rewarding jobs and ground-breaking scientific advances.

As one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK , Newcastle Science Central is connecting and restoring previously run-down areas in the west end of Newcastle upon Tyne and creating a new urban quarter in the city centre. 

Combining cutting-edge architecture with new public spaces, world-renowned scientific expertise and leading-edge companies, it offers an innovation community where investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, students, scientists and citizens collaborate to plan and develop solutions for tomorrow’s cities.

Originally the Elswick colliery until the 1940s, then later the home of the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, this site has been a key part of Newcastle’s industrial landscape for over 200 years.

Its landmark building, The Core, opened in November 2014 and is full to capacity, with The Key following in February 2016 providing the first research labs on-site for Newcastle University.

A long term, committed partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, Newcastle Science Central secured one of the biggest deals seen in in the city, when the partnership secured Legal & General as a long-term investment partner in June 2016.

Legal & General have initially invested £65 million which will accelerate completion of two further buildings offering 20,000 square metres of Grade A office space, expected to create around 2,000 jobs, and will help unlock further investment in commercial and residential plots. The first of these is due to open in Spring 2019.

Partners have also successfully made the case for £15 million in Government funding for a new National Innovation Centre for Data which will be located on the site. This will be Science Central’s third national centre of excellence, alongside the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration.

There’s a strong pipeline of development planned for Science Central, and Newcastle University’s Urban Sciences Building (USB) is due to open in September 2016, which will house its School of Computing Science and Institute for Sustainability, creating world-class facilities from which to lead international research into digitally enabled urban sustainability.

Construction of the Newcastle Laboratory will start in Spring 2017, and will provide 7,100 sq metres of commercial laboratory space with supporting office accommodation for science-based companies. A unique eco-system of associated services will be provided through a bespoke programme of business support, including expert advice and industry knowledge to help tenants innovate and grow, using insight-led research to support the commercialisation of products and services. The facility will be up and running by Spring 2018.

In addition, Newcastle University are planning a Learning and Teaching Centre will seat 750 people in the auditorium conference centre. The building will be connected to the future Urban Sciences Building by a link bridge, and is due to open September 2019. Plans are also progressing well for the National Institute for Ageing Innovation and the National Institute for Smart Data Innovation.

For more information visit www.newcastlesciencecentral.com


The Core
Bath Lane
Science Central
Newcastle upon Tyne

Contact:   michelle.duggan@newcastle.ac.uk
Job title:   Partnership Manager
Tel:   0191 208 4924
Email:   michelle.duggan@newcastle.ac.uk
Website:   www.newcastlesciencecentral.com

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The Core - Newcastle Science Central

The Core offers over 29.00 sq ft of flexible, shared and virtual office space for science, Digital and Innovative Businesses.

The Core is the place for collaboration, where people and businesses come together to share skills and knowledge, generate ideas and make futures. With free access to informal communal spaces throughout the building and a varied events and social programme, The Core offers a relaxed an open working environment.

For more information about The Core follow the link.

Located within The Core, the Cloud Innovation Centre allows businesses to develop partnerships with researchers from Newcastle University to maximise the opportunities of cloud technologies and big data analytics and test ideas.

Newcastle Laboratory - Newcastle Science Central

Newcastle Laboratory will provide over 70,000 sq ft of specialist facilities for the flourishing life sciences and healthcare sector in the region, offering high quality, incubation and grow-on space to meet the needs of innovative businesses in this sector.

A unique eco-system of associated services will also be provided through a bespoke business acceleration service, including ready access to expert advice and industry knowledge to help tenants innovate and grow, and to use insight-led research to support the commercialisation of products and services.

The state-of-the-art building has been developed by a design team led by Aura alongside award-winning architects Ryder, who have been supported by leading industry specialists including CAM-SCI, to ensure the building meets the needs of the healthcare and life sciences sector.

For more information follow the link

Urban Sciences Building - Newcastle Science Central

Opening in autumn 2017 the building will create a new home for Newcastle University’s Institute for Sustainability and The School of Computing Science.

The Urban Sciences Building will house a number of ground breaking projects including the creation of a unique £2m grid-connected energy storage test bed in collaboration with Siemens, the Urban Observatory which will collect a diverse set of data from across the city of Newcastle (measuring air quality, light, sound and temperature), and the Decision Theatre – a facility that enables advanced data visualisation so that policy makers and other stakeholders can plan and operate cities sustainably.

Also housed within the Urban Sciences Building will be the National Centre for Energy Systems and Integration. The £20m centre is crucial to improving energy efficiency, driving down customer bills and reducing carbon emissions. A partnership between Newcastle University and Siemens, their aim is to understand how they can optimise the energy network and inform future government policy.

The Key - Newcastle Science Central

The key uses similar technology to that developed for the London 2012 Olympic stadium. The revolutionary lightweight fabric structure is built on the same principles as a soap bubble and is the first fabric structure to be used as a heated work space.

The key, currently home to Newcastle University’s institute for sustainability, is a living laboratory with sustainability at its core. Energy usage, acoustics and other aspects of the building use are closely monitored to improve functionality and uses innovative digital technologies to inform future city planning.


The key also offers a unique events space – perfect for business and industry leaders, policy-makers.

For more information about The Key follow the link.

Teaching and Learning Center - Newcastle Science Central

The learning and teaching centre, due to open autumn 2019, will seat 750 people in the auditorium and 200 people in a collaborative lecture theatre on the ground floor. 

Prospective designs see the floor plan arranged in the form of a shell where the flexible auditorium space can be reconfigured to create a range of lecture theatres of different sizes.


Following the perimeter of the curve of the ‘shell’ on the ground floor will be an exhibition space and cafe. The building will be connected to the future urban sciences building by a link bridge.

For more information about the Leanting and Teaching Centre follow the link.