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Newcastle University, King's Gate building by Bond Bryan

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Bond Bryan has completed this new £22 million gateway building for Newcastle University

The 8,000m² King’s Gate building in Barras Bridge - opposite St. Thomas’s Green - has been dubbed the new ‘front door’ to the University and houses staff offices, meeting rooms and social areas.

The Sheffield-based practice landed the contract to design the glass and sandstone building following a design competition in 2007, seeking off the likes of Terry Farrell and Partners, Faulkner Brown, Howarth Lichfield and the Howe Partnership.

Bond Bryan director Geoff Halliwell said: ‘This has been a very successful project from the start: on time, on budget, with an excellent construction team from BAM, and with a client thrilled to see its vision for an exciting public-facing building come to life with students and staff.

‘Internally the building has a very mixed use – from student support services to estates administration to management teams including the Vice Chancellor and Registrar – so the specification for five storeys of workspace had to be robust and elegant.

He added: ‘The office floors focus upon two atria - a four-storey volume to the Barras Bridge frontage and a five-storey volume to King’s Walk.  The four-storey atrium unites the interactive working environments and provides a sky-lit social place, maximising daylight and acting as a thermal and acoustic buffer between the offices and the busy Barras Bridge carriageway.’

Newcastle University, King's Gate building by Bond Bryan

Newcastle University, King’s Gate building by Bond Bryan

Factfile

Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Type of project: University administration and reception building
Structural Engineers:Buro Happold
Project Architect:Bond Bryan Architects
Design Team: not available
Funding: Newcastle University
Tender date: October 2007
Start on site date: April 2008
Contract duration: 18 months
Gross internal floor area: 8,000 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: NEC (New Engineering Contract)
Total cost: £22 million               
M&e consultant: Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor:Summers Inman
Planning supervisor: AA Projects
Lighting consultant:Hoare Lea
Main contractor: BAM Construction
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Curtain Walling & Brise Soleil: Topside / Schuco; Stone Cladding: MPG / Domus Facades; Internal doors & partitions: Anthony Alexanders Interiors / Komfort; Lifts: KONE;  

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