The Core is a place people visit, to interact and collaborate. A work space for SME organisations, there is also a popular, open plan ground floor space which is available for events, conferences and networking. With sustainability at its heart, The Core has a 27m tall living wall, planted sedum roofs, a rainwater harvesting system, and bee hotels.
Clients based in The Core operate in sectors associated with addressing future city challenges and promoting digitally enabled sustainability. Occupiers are knowledge based and research led organisations. Examples of occupiers include businesses taking new medical devices to market; patent attorneys specialising in life sciences, medical devices and apps; organisations creating and storing renewable energy; and, an organisation addressing the type 2 diabetes epidemic. There are also IT and tech firms pioneering apps and the internet of things.
Health tech company Changing Health is a fantastic example of a dynamic start-up that was able to grow their team at The Core and then move to Helix’s neighbouring building, The Catalyst. The Helix offered a home for their whole journey. As Head of Operations, Gemma Johnson says, “This is the reason we wanted to call Newcastle Helix home. We take the view that the whole site is one big community.”
At a glance
The Core is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create more jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf