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L&G submits plans at £350m Newcastle Science Central

Legal & General has submitted plans for its first scheme at Newcastle’s £350m Science Central development.

The investor has lodged proposals for a 100,000 sq ft Grade A office building at the 9.7 ha site of the former Newcastle Brown Ale brewery in Newcastle city centre.

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the steel and glass-clad building will provide workspace for around 1,200 people.

It is the first of three office buildings planned for the next phase of Science Central, alongside a second office of 100,000 sq ft and a smaller 27,000 sq ft office for start-ups and SMEs.

The works will also see extensive public realm improvements, with the creation of a central square including amenity space.

L&G urban regeneration investment manager Rachel Dickie said the work is expected to start on site by January 2018, subject to planning approval.

“This is an important step forward for this exciting regeneration project, giving further visualisation to the quality and vibrancy of the urban landscape that will be created here at Newcastle Science Central in collaborative partnership with the council and the university,” she said.

L&G first backed the Science Central scheme in July last year with a £65m investment, working in partnership with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University

Science Central’s £11.2m Core building was completed in 2016 by Sir Robert McAlpine, while the 100,000 sq ft Urban Sciences Building, which is being built by Bowmer & Kirkland, is due to complete in the summer.

McAlpine also won planning approval for a £29m learning and teaching facility at the site in April this year.

Designed by architects Sheppard Robson, the new building will provide teaching space for up to 2,200 students across three floors, two lecture theatres which can combine into a 750-seat auditorium, and exhibition space.

The 82,000 sq ft building also features offices for the university and social learning spaces, and has been designed to achieve a BREAAM Excellent rating.

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