Construction Underway on New Learning and Teaching Centre at Newcastle Science Central

Kimberley Workman
Work has started on the £30million Learning and Teaching Centre for Newcastle University, which is set to open in September 2019.

Faithful+Gould is providing project management, cost management and principal designer services to the Newcastle Science Central scheme, which plans to create an inspirational and sustainable learning and teaching environment that will enhance the student experience.

Spanning over 24 acres of mixed use prime city-centre development land, Newcastle Science Central is the largest development of its kind in the UK.

The facility will provide a 722-seat, high-quality auditorium that can be sub-divided flexibly to provide two separate operational lecture theatres, plus a 200-seat tiered lecture theatre for collaborative group teaching.

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University, said: “By developing exciting, new, purpose-built educational spaces, such as the Learning and Teaching Centre, we will secure our future as one of the UK’s leading universities. This project reflects our commitment to delivering the best possible experience for our students through our continued focus on providing learning opportunities of the highest standard, supported by our five-year, £500m programme of investment.

“In addition to providing modern learning facilities for up to 2,200 students across three floors, the centre will also provide exhibition space, café and expansive social learning spaces.”

Ross Hamilton, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould and project lead said: “The Learning and Teaching Centre is an outstanding project, and one which we are incredibly proud to be part of. We have worked very closely with the University from initial project inception, and it is fantastic that we have recently reached the milestone of construction commencement.”

Fathful+Gould’s involvement in the project follows on from its delivery of The Core building which was the first building to have been completed as part of the Newcastle Science Central development.

Ross continued: “We are looking forward to building on the relationships we have established with Newcastle University and the project team as we work to ensure the exceptional vision for the Learning and Teaching Centre is delivered, and are delighted to be part of the team on another project at Newcastle Science Central.”

Spanning over 24 acres of mixed use prime city-centre development land, Newcastle Science Central is the largest development of its kind in the UK. A new urban quarter in the centre of Newcastle, it is an exemplar of sustainable urban development and is attracting leading edge scientific and technology organisations to a mixed community, encompassing a variety of R&D, educational, business and residential uses.

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