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Bond Bryan's victorious Newcastle University plan wins green light

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Bond Bryan's competition-winning proposals for a new 8,000m2 student and administration building for Newcastle University have been given the thumbs-up by the city council.

The £22 million project on Barras Bridge, opposite St Thomas' Green, will house open-plan offices, meeting rooms and student-support areas and will create a new 'front door' to the University.

The Sheffield-based practice was chosen ahead of Farrells, local firm FaulknerBrowns, DEGW, Howarth Lichfield, and the Howe Partnership late last year.

Bond Bryan director Geoff Halliwell said: 'The building represents an imposing yet respectful solution for the site, elegant in its simplicity of form and use of glass and natural sandstone, and enhanced by the full-height brise soleil to its frontage that masks a more complex, deep-plan footprint behind.'

Work is expected to start on site next spring and is due for completion in 2010.

by Richard Waite

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