Quadruple nominations for The Frederick Douglass Centre in Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards

Kimberley Workman
Newcastle University’s new state-of-the-art learning and teaching facility The Frederick Douglass Centre, project managed by Faithful+Gould, has been shortlisted for four categories in the prestigious Constructing Excellence in the North East (CENE) Awards 2020 including the coveted ‘Building of the Year’.

An inspiring building with cutting-edge learning, teaching and conference facilities, the iconic project named in honour of the 19th century social reformer has been shortlisted for Integration & Collaborative Working, Value, Sustainability and Building of the Year.

Faithful+Gould’s excellence in project management, cost management and principal designer services supported the delivery of this flagship development, the third building on the landmark 24-acre hybrid city centre quarter, Newcastle Helix, built for international tech and science businesses, the local community and residents.

Ross Hamilton, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould and project management lead for The Frederick Douglass Centre, said: “We’re incredibly proud this special project has been shortlisted for so many categories at the CENE Awards 2020. Seamlessly weaving together social and teaching spaces, it’s shaping the future for learning within the city and beyond and is testament to the world-class teaching at Newcastle University.”

The client’s brief was for an iconic building on a newly developing area of the campus, where they could house 250, 500 and 750-seat lectures, conferences and exhibitions.  The result is The Frederick Douglass Centre, whose oyster shell form provides an impressive lecture theatre that is sub-divided by two huge movable partitions, enabling the space to respond to the needs of users.

In addition to the auditorium, other main features within the building are a 200-seat collaborative lecture theatre, teaching rooms, café, academic office space, social learning spaces and a significant extension to the public realm within Newcastle Helix.

Robin Beattie, Senior Project Manager at Newcastle University: “Opened at the start of the 2019/2020 academic year, the building can accommodate both the classic lecture teaching as well as enable more organic learning methods, such as breakout groups, self-directed study, and flipped lectures, where the students, not the lecturer, are the focus of attention.

“This purpose-built educational space is a major boost to Newcastle University’s commitment to deliver the best possible experience and excellent facilities for learning and teaching for their students and staff, and it is a great honour and privilege for it to have been shortlisted for multiple awards.”

The awards are a celebration of the north east built environment sector, designed to showcase excellence and celebrate the achievements of organisations across the region.

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