UK building and civil engineering company, Sir Robert McAlpine, has been appointed by Newcastle Science Central LLP to create a sustainable learning and teaching environment that will enhance the student experience.
Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, 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.
“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,” said Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University.
“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.”
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 said to be 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.
The Sheppard Robson design will connect Science Square with a softer landscaped Knowledge Square. Terracing will step down from this pocket park, with the landscaping scheme continuing to wrap around the building along Draymans Way. Integral to the landscape design is a discrete sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS), which slows down and holds back rainwater run-off from the site.