The Catalyst

The Catalyst provides 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).

Located on the Newcastle Helix, a development which brings together industry leaders, businesses and top researchers in a new innovation community. It is an exemplar of sustainable urban development which combines prestigious commercial and residential space with first class research and education facilities in the heart of a flourishing city.

Spread across six floors the building features flexible Grade A office space, along with  a unique mixture of public areas, co-working spaces, a data visualisation suite, a 175 seat TED style theatre, workshop, exhibition space and café as well as an impressive 20 seat board room with panoramic views across the Newcastle skyline.

The initial target for the building was to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating but with a lot of hard work and innovative ideas, including siphonic drainage feeding into the rain garden, a green roof, a central air handling plant and photovoltaic panels, the building excelled the Excellent rating and was officially awarded a BREEAM Outstanding rating, a rating reserved for only the top 1% of new UK non-domestic buildings.

Based on floor 3 the National Innovation Centre for Ageing brings together world-leading scientists, businesses, the NHS, and the public, to improve quality of life as we age.

Focusing on health, The Catalyst is a place where exciting diagnostics, care and wellbeing products and services for older people are researched and developed. The new hub has space for research, co-design, co-location and collaboration between academics, business and the public. There are 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.

Located on floor 2, the National Innovation Centre for Data, which is led by industry and benefiting from Newcastle University’s internationally-renowned research in computing science, brings 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 focuses on realising the potential of big data to address specific challenges in areas including health, automotive and manufacturing.

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The Catalyst


Newcastle upon Tyne



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