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Centre for Life

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Newcastle's Centre for Life - a building complex designed to broaden the understanding of genetic science - opens its doors to the public on 27 May. The £60 million scheme comprises a visitor attraction, Newcastle University's Institute of Genetics and a commercial laboratory and office facility. Built in two distinct phases around the first public square to be constructed in Newcastle for 50 years, the building demarcates the entry to the city from the west.The dramatic free-form shape of the Life Interactive World comprises copper cladding on massive Glulam beams supported by structural steel 'trees'; the Bioscience centre, which was practically completed almost two years ago, together with the Life Laboratories, form the north and south sides of the square. Containing £10 million of high-tech equipment, the visitor centre intends to generate 250,000 visitors per year.

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