RIBA launches design contest for second building in Science Central project
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RIBA launches design contest for second building in Science Central project

08 Sep 2013

RIBA Competitions has launched a design contest for the second building in Newcastle’s Science Central development in the UK.

Science Central

RIBA Competitions has launched a design contest for the second building in Newcastle’s Science Central development in the UK.

Science Central is a £700m joint initiative by Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council to provide the framework for a new 24-acre urban quarter in the centre of Newcastle.

The 10,000m² second building, known as SAgE, will house Newcastle University’s Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering.

RIBA Competitions is seeking expressions of interest from multi-disciplinary, architect-led teams based within the European Union with a track record in urban sustainability.

The Science Central project has three interlinked research, teaching and engagement strands, namely urbanism, sustainability and digital economy.

Phase one, which includes enabling, infrastructure and public realm works, is already underway and the construction of the first new building has been started.

RIBA said the new facility will be ‘the physical embodiment of world-leading sustainability research’ and could become a laboratory test-bed in its own right, with the possible incorporation and long-term monitoring of different building systems and materials.

Five shortlisted architectural teams will be paid £5,000 and invited to submit a tender return and design concepts outlining the proposed architectural, building services and structural approach.

The entire project will transform the 9.7ha former Scottish & Newcastle brewery site over the next 20 years.

The site will combine office space, house some of Newcastle University’s sustainability research facilities and provide business support services for science and technology start ups.

Hall Construction Services was selected in 2012 to start work on the Science Central project.


Image: Science Central project is a joint initiative by Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council Photo: Courtesy of Science Central.