Science Central, Newcastle

Planning chiefs have given the green light to the £65 million regeneration project at Newcastle’s Science Central.

The eight storey Grade A office development proposal submitted by Legal & General on the 24 acre former Newcastle Brown Ale brewery site will create 627 new jobs.

Rachel Dickie, investment manager at Legal & General Capital said, “It is fantastic to have received planning approval on our first office development on this prime gateway plot.  “Delivering Grade A office space will help to act as an important catalyst for further investment in Newcastle Science Central and forms a significant next step in this major city centre regeneration project.

"The design by Ryder complements the existing development whilst adding a new dimension to Newcastle Science Central."

In homage to the region’s steel manufacturing and ship building past, the first of Science Central’s two planned office developments will be copper coloured and clad in steel and glass.

The structure will have office space from the first floor to the seventh, and a double height reception space and a cafe.  Approval was also granted for the creation of a temporary car park with 110 spaces on the site.

Julie Seaton, planning officer at Newcastle City Council said, “The scheme will provide high quality office development, and a distinct and what we feel will be a landmark building.”

Considered one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, the scheme at Science Central is being delivered as part of a partnership between Legal & General, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.

The mixed use development is set to create more than 4,000 jobs in total, with 500,000sqft of office space and 450 homes in the heart of the city.  The two office buildings, along with The Core – a 27,000sqft space for start ups and SMEs, will form the gateway to Science Central.