The planning application for the first of Legal & General’s office buildings at Newcastle Science Central has been submitted.
Designed by international design practice, Ryder Architecture, the 100,000 sq ft grade A office building is expected to create modern workspace for over 1,200 people in the science, technology and the knowledge sectors.
Designed to achieve British Council for Office (BCO) standards, the scheme will be clad in steel and glass, referencing the region’s steel manufacturing and ship building heritage, while the earthy copper tones also links to the history of the site.
Comprising a 24-acre science and technology hub on the former Newcastle Brown Ale brewery site, Newcastle Science Central is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. When complete it is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office and research space, and 450 new homes.
Rachel Dickie, urban regeneration investment manager at Legal & General Capital, said: “This is an important step forward for this exciting city centre regeneration project, giving further visualisation to the quality and vibrancy of the urban landscape that will be created here at Newcastle Science Central in collaborative partnership with the council and the university.
“Working with leading architect, Ryder, it was important to us all that the design of this building pays homage to Newcastle’s rich history, while also embracing and supporting its technology savvy future. If planning is successful, we hope to be able to be on site by January 2018.”
Richard Wise, partner at Ryder said: “The application for planning approval for Plot 1 marks a significant milestone in the development of Newcastle Science Central. It is a clear signal of the intent and ambitions of Legal and General and the Science Central LLP. It represents the first significant tranche of private sector investment into what to date has been a predominantly publicly funded development.
“Ryder is delighted to be the lead consultant for the project enjoying a strong relationship with the client team and the wider Newcastle Science Central stakeholders. We look forward to delivering the next stages of the project.”