Legal & General selects Ryder for Science Central office blocks in Newcastle


Legal & General Capital has selected Ryder Architecture to design the new twin Grade A office buildings at the Science Central site in Newcastle, UK.

The £350m Science Central is located in Newcastle's city centre, and is currently being developed by Legal & General Capital, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.

Legal & General Capital direct investments director Laura Mason 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."

The 24-acre science and technology hub is based on Newcastle Brown Ale’s former brewery site.

Ryder will design the first 100,000ft² office building, which will be followed by a similar sized second block, reported Construction Enquirer.

"Building A promises to deliver a timeless piece of architecture, which will provide unique, much-needed office space on one of the most prominent gateway sites in Newcastle."

The towers will form the gateway to the Newcastle Science Central.

Ryder partner Richard Wise 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."

The Newcastle Science Central development is being designed to include 500,000ft² of office space and 450 new homes. It is estimated that the project will create more than 4,000 jobs.