Science Central- NICA/NICD

Science Central is a £350m project to create a science and technology hub in the heart of Newcastle city centre. To date, three buildings have been developed on site and Desco is currently delivering designs for three further proposed buildings.

Two of these buildings, which are being designed to interconnect with a central atrium, will provide a new innovation hub housing two national research and development bodies – the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD). The team is targeting a BREAM Excellent rating for the new buildings.

Focusing on health, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing will be a place where exciting diagnostics, care and wellbeing products and services for older people are researched and developed.

The new hub will have space for research, co-design, co-location and collaboration between academics, business and the public. There will be demonstration facilities to prototype and consumer-test products and services, along with exhibition, event and meeting space to encourage wider interaction with consumers and build networks between key stakeholders.

Led by industry and benefiting from Newcastle University’s internationally-renowned research in computing science, the new National Innovation Centre for Data will bring together industry, the public sector and world-leading academics to develop the skills, ideas and resources needed to exploit the opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data. It will focus on realising the potential of big data to address specific challenges in areas including health, automotive and manufacturing.


Science Central- NICA/NICD


Newcastle Upon Tyne



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