Infrastructure

In 2005, the Newcastle Science City Partnership purchased the former brewery site, located in Newcastle city centre. The 19 acre Science Central project represents significant investment from the founding partners, and a commitment to position Science Central as a unique vibrant mixing community for the creation of new scientific enterprises. Unique because it will become the next generation ‘science park’ - combining the best commercial aspects of leading universities with a world class business location, where the two sets of activities can co-locate. Since acquisition, the site has been cleared and levelled.

In 2008 the Partnership commissioned consultants to prepare a Masterplan for the site. The development of the Masterplan, supported by EDAW, has been an on-going process over the past year, informed by extensive consultations and discussions with stakeholders and the wider community at every stage from late 2007 until summer 2008. The Masterplan and supporting documents were completed on schedule in October 2008.

The next stage in the process is the development of specific building plans and submission of planning applications, which will develop the vision and principles agreed as part of the masterplan process, and set out more detailed development proposals for Science Central.

A number of avenues to raise funding are being explored in light of the current economic climate, with partners supporting the early stages of development financially in the first instance. Construction is scheduled to begin on site in 2011, with the first buildings ready for occupation in 2014. In order to help us deliver this aspect of the project, we have agreed that NewcastleGateshead City Development Company will lead on the delivery of the real estate aspects of Science Central.

In total Science Central is a £700m development with the potential to create 5,000 jobs for people with a range of skills not just graduates and researchers. There will be Newcastle University research institutes, science SMEs, incubator space and housing for families, as well as students on the development.

Although Science Central constitutes the core of the existing partnership’s capital investment, the Masterplan for the site has taken into consideration other strategic locations in Newcastle that integrate science, business and local communities. These sites currently include the General Hospital, Newcastle University campus and the International Centre for Life. There are a number of planned capital projects that will play a strategic role in delivering the NSC vision within the next few years, prior to the construction programme starting on Science Central. Many of these projects will build the capacity for a transition to Science Central building up global recognition and critical mass.

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