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Rise of the Helix

Newcastle’s global hub for urban innovation enters next phase in development.

A new round of construction and investment is underway for Science Central, the UK’s biggest urban development site outside London and an internationally-renowned innovation centre for sustainable engineering, ageing and data sciences

The site is a partnership between Newcastle UniversityNewcastle City Council, and Legal & General, and is already home to Newcastle University’s award-winning Urban Sciences Building and The Core, a seven-storey home for knowledge based science and technology SMEs.

The third building on the site – the ‘Newcastle Laboratory’ – will open later this year, providing laboratories and offices for a wide range of scientific based companies, primarily life science and healthcare.

Newcastle Helix

The next two years will see the opening of the National Innovation Centres for Data and Ageing and Newcastle University’s £29m Learning and Teaching Centre.

And Legal & General are poised to announce their plans for the site’s first private sector building, The Lumen, a 100,000 sq ft Grade A office development. The development is bringing high quality jobs to Newcastle and the North East: around 4,000 people will work on site when it is complete, from academics to entrepreneurs.

In recognition of the move to a new phase of development, research, and collaboration which will firmly launch it as a leading international innovation quarter, the site is being re-named Newcastle Helix.

Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Chris Day, said:

“The North East of England has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 200 years from Stephenson’s Rocket and Charles Parsons’ invention of the steam turbine, to being granted the world’s first ever licence to offer fertility treatment to mothers affected by mitochondrial diseases.

“Now, Newcastle Helix is set to be a site of world-leading research and technological advances alongside global businesses that will enable us to write the next chapter in our region’s enviable story of invention and innovation.”

To read the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

Published on 22 March 2018

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