Green Light Given for State-of-the-art Learning and Teaching Centre at Newcastle’s Science Central

Kimberley Workman
A £29m Learning and Teaching Centre has been given the green light by planning officers, marking a major leap forward in the £350m Newcastle Science Central regeneration development.

The four-storey building will provide teaching space for up to 2,200 students across its floors, including two lecture theatres which can combine into a 750-seat auditorium, a 200-seat collaborative lecture theatre, office accommodation, a café for informal working and exhibition space.

Faithful+Gould are providing project management, quantity surveying, health and safety, BREEAM, building control and Building Information Modeling (BIM) services to the project.

Ross Hamilton, Regional Director and Project Lead for Faithful+Gould, said: "We’re delighted that this contemporary building with cutting-edge learning, teaching and conference facilities has been granted planning consent, which is an important milestone on the project. The key objective of this project is to contribute towards the University’s growth agenda and is a prime example of how Newcastle is developing as a city. We are honoured to be working with the University on such a notable project."

Prof Suzanne Cholerton, pro-vice-chancellor for learning and teaching at Newcastle University, said: "Newcastle University is committed to continue to invest in quality facilities to deliver an outstanding student experience and excellent environment for our students’ learning, teaching and research, as well as their personal and professional development. The Learning and Teaching Centre will go a long way towards helping to achieve these goals and helping us to provide excellent opportunities to our students. The Learning and Teaching Centre will feature state-of-the art learning facilities for up to 2,200 students across three floors. The centre will also provide exhibition space, café and expansive social learning spaces. Its oyster shell shape, with a dynamic sweeping glazed curve is a reference to the centre’s location on Oystershell Lane and reflects the history of the site."

The 82,000sqft building, scheduled to be complete in Autumn 2019, will be a flagship development for Newcastle University and will be its third building on Science Central, the former brewery and one-time colliery site on the edge of Newcastle city centre.

It is hoped the 24-acre site will eventually create more than 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office space and 450 new homes. The site has already seen the construction of award-winning office block, The Core, which Faithful+Gould also worked on.

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