The scheme will produce 100,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and will be followed by a second office adding a further 100,000 sq ft to the new business park. These two office buildings, along with The Core – a 27,000 sq ft space for start-ups and SMEs – will form the gateway to Science Central. The area between the three buildings will also be transformed into a public square.
Newcastle Science Central is a 24-acre science and technology hub on the former Newcastle Brown Ale brewery site in Newcastle’s city centre.
In June 2016 it was announced that Legal & General would become a long term investment partner on the £350m site, alongside Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.
Laura Mason, director of direct investments at Legal & General Capital, said: “With a proven track record in cutting edge, quality design, and experience working with the team on the laboratory facility, we feel confident that Ryder is the right firm to help us achieve our vision.”
Richard Wise, partner at Ryder, said: “Building A promises to deliver a high quality, timeless piece of architecture which will provide unique, much needed flexible office space on one of the most prominent gateway sites in Newcastle. It will set the tone for the subsequent developments. Ryder is delighted to have this opportunity to build upon the success enjoyed to date on Science Central.”