Leading the way in urban innovation and an exemplar in sustainability, Science Central is attracting leading edge scientific organisations to a mixed community, which when complete, will be made up of educational, business, residential and leisure facilities.
The development has been recognised in the Driving Growth category, which looks at the council’s ambitions for the future of its economy and how they are working with local partners to achieve this.
Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “We’re delighted that Science Central has been recognised for such a prestigious award. The development has seen significant change over the last couple of years and to be recognised for the work done to date as well as our ambitions for the future is a great achievement.”
Recent developments include The Key, Newcastle University’s revolutionary ‘building as a lab’ which opened in February 2015, and the University’s Urban Sciences Building, which is currently under construction and will house the its world-leading School of Computing Science. There are also plans for the Newcastle Laboratory, the Learning and Teaching Centre and two new office blocks, built in partnership with Legal and General Capital.
Professor Richard Davies, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Engagement & Internationalisation for Newcastle University, added: “Ten years ago, Science Central was a vision – a belief that we could work together to create an exemplar of a city re-engineering itself. Bringing together academia, the public sector, communities, business and industry our aim was to create a living laboratory that would be an example for others to follow.
“A decade later and we are well on our way to achieving that vision and this nomination is testament to the hard work of everyone who has been involved in this project.”
Newcastle Science Central is delivered through a dedicated partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University. The mixed used development is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office space, and 450 new homes in the heart of the city.
The winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.