Approval for £29m Newcastle Science Central plan

Newcastle Science Central

Plans for a new £29 million Learning and Teaching Centre at Newcastle Science Central have been approved.

The flagship development will seat 750 people in its auditorium.

Images released by the design team at Sheppard Robson revealed the building’s sweeping curve that has been designed to visually connect two public spaces that are adjacent to the project and sit within the Science Central masterplan.

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, Newcastle University, said: “Newcastle University is committed to continue to invest in quality facilities to deliver an outstanding student experience and excellent environment for our students’ learning, teaching and research, as well as their personal and professional development.

“The Learning and Teaching Centre will go a long way towards helping to achieve these goals and helping us to provide excellent opportunities to our students.

“The Learning and Teaching Centre will feature state-of-the art learning facilities for up to 2,200 students across three floors.

“The centre will also provide exhibition space, café and expansive social learning spaces.

“Its oyster shell shape, with a dynamic sweeping glazed curve is a reference to the centre’s location on Oystershell Lane and reflects the history of the site.”

Councillor Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council added: “Securing planning approval for the centre is another huge step forward for Newcastle Science Central, which will see significant development over the next five years.

“From its days as the Elswick Colliery – to its time as the home to the Scottish and Newcastle brewery – this site has always been a place where innovation, industry and community grew side-by-side.

“This new education and teaching facility has innovation at its heart, and will help create the skills needed for future generations.”