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 centre.

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 building provides modern workspace for over 1,200 people in the science, technology and knowledge-based sectors.  It is designed to British Council for Office standards with an occupancy ratio of one person per 8sqm net of office space. The building benefits from a generous double height shared reception and touchdown space along with a café.

Colour and tone have been introduced to give the building richness and depth. The earthy copper tone of the building catches the sunlight, changing its look and feel throughout the day and providing a dramatic addition to the skyline of Newcastle. Vehicular access, disabled parking and drop off points are incorporated into the adjacent public realm. The building is designed to BREEAM Excellent standard and has an EPC rating of A.
Once the Lumen is completed, it is planned that the second office building will begin construction.


The Lumen


Newcastle Upon Tyne



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