Bid race starts for £38m Newcastle science centre
Newcastle University and the City Council are pressing ahead with plans for a second major building at the Science Central development park.
Phase 1 enabling, infrastructure and public realm works are already underway at the site.
The first building on the site, The Core, has been completed. Prequalification is now underway to find six fims to design and build an Urban Sciences Building.
This new centre will combine digital ingenuity and sustainability research with social innovation to lead advances in the development of future or ‘smart’ cities.
Based in the heart of Newcastle – the former home of Scottish and Newcastle brewery – Science Central aims is to create a living lab where new technologies and systems can be trialed.
The proposed design for the USB will provide between 140,000 sq ft of teaching and space.
The principle structure is expected to be concrete frame with flat slabs over a piled foundation. It is designed to achieve at least BREEAM Excellent and will be delivered to BIM Level 2.
A main contractor will be appointed by November 2015, with completion of the build by end of August 2017.
The University intends to use its Due North e-tendering portal.
Aaron Morby | Wed 17th December | Construction Enquirer