The highly anticipated Catalyst building, designed by National Architects GSSArchitecture, has welcomed its first residents, Newcastle University’s teams from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD), following completion in October 2019.
The Catalyst is one of the most complex and unique structures in the region. Spread across six floors, the 100,000sqft building provides flexible Grade A office space, supported by a unique mixture of public areas, co-working spaces, a data visualisation suite, a 175 seat TED style theatre, workshop, exhibition space and café as well as an impressive 20 seat board room with panoramic views across the Newcastle skyline.
The building itself is situated on the £350m Newcastle Helix development, a sustainable urban development which combines prestigious commercial and residential space with first class innovation, commercialisation, research, education and engagement facilities in the heart of the city.
The use of this building straddles so many sectors it is already proving to be an integral part of Newcastle’s offer as a global hub to facilitate innovation in the Digital and Health and Wellbeing arenas