Growing AJ120 practice Sheppard Robson has become the latest firm to pick up work on Newcastle University’s Science Central campus
The firm, which has been commissioned to design a £20million conference and learning centre, joins the likes of Hawkins\Brown (see below), SimpsonHaugh and Partners and FaulknerBrowns on the wider development.
Once the Newcastle Brown brewery site, the huge scheme close to the city centre has been masterplanned by Make (AJ 03.02.11).
Sheppard Robson is working with Arup, Gillespies and acoustic experts Sandy Brown Associates on the new conference facility which which features a 750-seat auditorium ‘at its heart’.
The ground floor of the new building will be arranged ‘in the form of a shell with different functions radiating’ from this flexible auditorium space which can be reconfigured to ‘create a range of lecture theatres of different sizes’.
According to the 332-strong practice, the ‘sweeping curve of the building has been designed to visually connect two public spaces within the Science Central masterplan’.
Rupert Goddard, partner at Sheppard Robson, said: ‘Although the project is at a very early stage, the ambition of the scheme is very clear. Our design finds an architecturally engaging way of knitting together a number of different uses and thinks carefully about how the public spaces around the site relate to one another.’
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Hawkins\Brown wins planning for £58m Newcastle Uni science building
Hawkins\Brown has won planning for a new £58 million Urban Sciences building at Newcastle University
The 12,500m² building is set to be the flagship development on the university’s Make-masterplanned £250 million Science Central site.
Billed as a ‘living laboratory’ it will house the School of Computing Science and also includes a performance space, research labs, and teaching spaces.
The building’s modular façade, which will feature glazed cladding, digital printed fritted panels, and supergraphic artwork, has been designed in collaboration with Martyn Dade-Robertson an academic at Newcastle University.
Ewan Graham, associate at Hawkins\Brown said: ‘The university has committed to building a fantastic new teaching and research facility on Science Central. The University’s brief deliberately targeted themes of urban renewal, civic engagement and climate change; the Urban Sciences Building will challenge staff, students, visitors and members of the public to think more collaboratively about the urban condition within which they live, work and play.
‘This vision not only demonstrates Newcastle University’s ambition for themselves as a world-class civic university but also underlines their commitment to make the city of Newcastle and the North East a centre of sustainable excellence.’
Work is set to begin on site later this year and the scheme is due to complete in September 2017.
Location Newcastle upon Tyne
Type of project higher education
Client Newcastle University
Landscape architect BD Landscape
Structural engineer Buro Happold
M&E consultant Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor Turner & Townsend
Main contractor not yet appointed
Funding University Capital Projects
Tender date June 2015
Start on site date October 2015
Completion date September 2017
Contract duration 82 weeks
Gross internal floor area 12,500m2
Form of contract and/or procurement NEC Design and Build
Cost £58 million