Newcastle Urban Sciences, Campus

B|D are working with Hawkins\Brown and Buro Happold on the new £58m Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University and surrounding public realm fronting Science Square and Holmes Avenue.

The 12,500m² building is set to be a flagship development on the university’s Make-masterplanned £250m Science Central site.  This ‘living laboratory’ will house the School of Computing Science and also includes a performance space, research labs, and teaching spaces.

The 8,500m²public realm includes a high quality terrace of Blue Irish limestone, mature trees and directional lighting ‘seams’ drawing the public, students and staff into the USB building from Science Square.  Holmes Avenue is a new streetscape with avenues of semi-mature trees and an innovative interlinked rain garden that deals with surface water flows as part of an integrated sustainable urban drainage solution.

Ewan Graham, associate at Hawkins\Brown said: ‘The university has committed to building a fantastic new teaching and research facility on Science Central. The University’s brief deliberately targeted themes of urban renewal, civic engagement and climate change; the Urban Sciences Building will challenge staff, students, visitors and members of the public to think more collaboratively about the urban condition within which they live, work and play.

‘This vision not only demonstrates Newcastle University’s ambition for themselves as a world-class civic university but also underlines their commitment to make the city of Newcastle and the North East a centre of sustainable excellence.’

Work is set to begin on site later this year and the scheme is due to complete in September 2017.

Client: Newcastle University & Newcastle City Council
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Landscape Budget: £3.5m
Status: On Site