Desco are designing the M&E services for 2 new Legal & General office facilities on the Science Central site, a £350m project to create a science and technology hub in the heart of Newcastle city center.
In 2016 Legal and General became long term investment partners of Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University to build and finance the science central development. They have provided an initial £65 million investment which will fund completion of the two buildings on premium plots on the site, offering over 200,000sq. ft of Grade A office space, create 2,000 jobs and boost economic growth, helping to unlock the potential of further investment in commercial and residential plots.
The buildings are designed to BREEAM Excellent standard and an EPS rating of A.
The first building, known as the Lumen, is currently at construction stage and will comprise of of 8 storeys, creating 108,000sq. ft of Grade A offices. It is the first phase of development by Legal and General on the Science Central site and will be the largest city centre office with private sector funding, constructed in the last decade. Once open the office accommodation will hold over approximately 1,000 staff.
Once the Lumen is completed, it is planned that the second office building will begin construction.
Alongside Legal & General, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University are key development partners on the Science Central project. This latest office scheme is the seventh structure on the site following The Core and The Key buildings which are both operational, the new Urban Sciences Building, the Teaching and Learning Centre, Newcastle Laboratory and the joint National Innovation Centre for Ageing and National Centre for Smart Data Innovation development, which are all in varying stages.
Newcastle Science Central is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. It is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000sqm of office and research space, and 450 new homes. The aim of the development is to become a major UK hub for scientific research, and technology businesses, creating knowledge-based jobs for future generations in Newcastle.