Urban Sciences Building

A living laboratory and an exemplar of world-class research and education in computing, digital technology and engineering, producing the next generation of leaders for the digital age.

The building is designed for teaching, laboratory research, events and testing real-time smart technologies for urban sustainability.

Newcastle University has brought together cutting-edge research in computing, energy, water, digital urban sensing and infrastructure to discover solutions for global challenges, working with stakeholders in government, business, industry and communities. It is revolutionising how cities will look, behave and interact within their environment to improve life for communities and create opportunities for sustainable economic growth.

Interiors at the USB
Interiors at the USB

It is home one of the world’s leading schools of computing alongside a series of innovative research labs to inform urban infrastructure, industry and policy, and provides an evidence base to be used by city planners and future developers.

No other building in the world draws together these types of facilities in an integrated way and attracts like-minded businesses, such as Siemens and their MindSphere lab, which helps us better harness data.

Break out and Café space at the USB
Break out and Café space at the USB

The building itself is a lab for innovative research that has wide applications for businesses and urban communities, and has already been awarded BREEAM Innovation Credit for going beyond best practice in sustainability. Containing over 4,000 digital sensors, computing technology is embedded throughout the structure, making it one of the most monitored and high-performance buildings in the country.

Reception at the USB
Reception at the USB

At a glance

  • £58m development, open since September 2017
  • 134,500 sq ft, home to Urban Observatory, National Green Infrastructure Facility, National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, Smart Grid Laboratory, Energy Storage Test Bed and the Decision Theatre.
  • 4,000 sensors throughout the building providing high resolution data about environmental, mechanical and electrical performance

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