Newcastle, UK - Leisure

A new home for the Newcastle United Foundation.

Founded on the back of the Newcastle United Football Club brand, the Newcastle United Foundation is a charity which supports young people and adults in disadvantaged areas in and around the north of the Tyne. This facility is the central hub for the charity to provide opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy sports, leisure, wellbeing and personal development activities.

Newcastle United Foundation
Newcastle, UK
Complete 2022

A state of the art community facility driven by purpose.

The Foundation requested a transparent, welcoming building for those within the local community. The building was designed to house a number of wide ranging facilities, from four court sports hall, U8 mini soccer rooftop pitch, spin studio, and an activity studio, as well as a STEM classroom and open office space, helping drive forward community development.

Expanding community engagement with supportive spaces.

NUCastle has increased the range of people the Foundation has been able to support. A glazed façade into the social space at the building’s main entrance and into the studios and office supports the client’s aspiration for a transparent building, which would allow users and the wider community to engage with the work of the charity, interact with one another and feel integrated.

Connecting, motivating and inspiring people through sport.

In the first three months alone, the building welcomed visitors from across the community and is expected to welcome 100,000 people annually. More than 30 educational establishments and 3,000 young people have attended sessions at the facility. Each week the facility provides 12 sessions for disabled users and runs a range of health and wellbeing sessions for participants of all ages.

Life in our new home is incredible. The design has transformed our ability to deliver the best experience for our participants. The building allows us to engage with our community in new ways, building relationships with more groups and individuals.

Steve Beharall

Head of Newcastle United Foundation.


Construction News Awards

Project of the Year (under £20m)


RICS North East

Community Benefit Award

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