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Architect sought for ‘mini-Dome’ at Newcastle Science Central

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Newcastle University is on the hunt for an architect to design a 30m² pavilion for its Science Central development – inspired by Richard Rogers’ Millennium Dome

The temporary facility will be the prestigious university’s first structure at Science Central and is expected to have a lifetime of 20 years.

Newcastle University expects the building to provide an ‘early presence’ for its planned research, learning and engagement activities on the 10 hectare former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site.

The 30m² pavilion will occupy a small corner plot close to the university’s proposed £50 million research centre and will host some equipment which will later go into the building.

 In February, Hawkins\Brown won a RIBA competition for the 10,000m² ‘living lab’ which will be the university’s first permanent structure on the Make-masterplanned development.

Sketch for The Beacon at Newcastle Science Central

Sketch for The Beacon at Newcastle Science Central

The Beacon will feature a lightweight tensioned fabric canopy supported by a single central mast. The university intends the building to be a ‘highly sustainable structure with minimal use of materials, rapid construction, and well suited to the poor ground conditions of the site.’

Timber cladding and glazing will be applied to the perimeter to create a secure enclosed space above timber flooring and an insulated concrete slab.

A university spokesperson said the project was expected to be similar to the Millennium Dome, only smaller.

The contract will start in May and complete by the end of June 2015.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 8am on Monday 14 April.


Visit the competition website for more information


Contact details

Mrs Gillian Mournian

Newcastle University
King’s Gate
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
United Kingdom


0191 222 6073






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