Welcome to the Helix

Newcastle Helix exists to help us all live better lives. Easier, healthier, smarter and longer. Our focus is on data science, urban science and life science. Together, we’re transforming the quality of life for families, communities and cities around the world.

It’s a 24-acre testbed and collaborative ecosystem for public and private bodies that’s unlike anything else in the UK. Hundreds of innovators, businesses and progressive homeowners living and working side by side, along with great food, drink and entertainment venues. Businesses who co-locate here benefit profoundly from being in the centre of one of the most important innovation hubs in Europe.

And it’s not just about businesses – it’s for absolutely everyone. You can grab a bite to eat. Catch up with mates over coffee. Listen to a public talk in our 750-seat auditorium. Learn how we collect and use data. Bring the kids around for amazing science demonstrations. And much more. Because this is your space to discover. That’s why we have free public WiFi throughout the quarter. And with five avenues, three cross streets and three beautiful new public squares, Helix deserves to be explored on foot. What are you waiting for?

One of the most important innovation hubs in Europe
One of the most important innovation hubs in Europe
A collaborative ecosystem for public and private bodies
A collaborative ecosystem for public and private bodies
A landmark 24-acre hybrid city quarter in the centre of Newcastle, built for international tech and science businesses, the local community and residents.

At a glance

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    Streets, avenues, lanes and squares named after uses past and present
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    Sustainable planning means that we put people first, not cars
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    The wider city will adopt lessons from the way we handle water in individual buildings and in the public realm

A stunning residential neighbourhood

The Helix is also a residential community, with hundreds of planned homes. These one, two and three bedroomed homes are exemplars of sustainable urban development and incredibly efficient to heat. In time, you’ll even find dozens of state-of-the-art smart homes you can run from your phone. These homes are affordable, and are a mixture of social rent and Rent to Buy.

Along with the public spaces of Blue Star Square, named after the famous Newcastle Brown Ale blue star, Science Square and Knowledge Square, many of the residential apartment blocks have green spaces on their roofs for residents to share.

This is the future of living, right in the heart of one of the best cities in the UK. And it’s getting noticed. Newcastle Helix was awarded the Collaborators Award in the EG Awards 2019, given to developments that are at the forefront of innovation in the property and built environment industry.

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Newcastle Helix exists to help us all live better lives
Newcastle Helix exists to help us all live better lives
Built for businesses, the local community and residents
Built for businesses, the local community and residents

Our Partners

Legal and General: “Newcastle is thriving. There’s so much investment happening, so many big projects in the pipeline. We’re delighted to be one of three partners leading this flagship development that will bring more great jobs, homes, retail and leisure venues to the city centre.”

Newcastle University: “Newcastle Helix is set to be a site of world-leading research and technological advances alongside global businesses, will enable us to write the next chapter in our region’s enviable story of world-changing invention and innovation.”

Newcastle City Council: "The ground-breaking developments that are taking place will firmly position our city as a major national and international hub for scientific research and technology businesses, creating knowledge-based jobs for future generations in Newcastle. It will also create an exciting new community at the heart of the city, providing 450 homes for both families and those looking for apartment living."

The Helix is Europe’s most exciting innovation hubs. We actively help world-class researchers and businesses collaborate to bring brilliant innovations to the marketplace.

Our logo is a live picture of Newcastle, right now.
Captured with almost 500 sensors.