Newcastle University’s brief was to save costs and space, increase quality, and focus on sustainability by installing localised plantrooms in three vertical cores over six to eight floors.
Maximising off-site manufacture with the 18 plantrooms, 185 horizontal multi-service modules on the floorplates, and 845 loose-welded spools, NG Bailey delivered the £58 million new build on the Science Central development in partnership with Bowmer & Kirkland, for the University’s Institute for Sustainability and School of Computing Science.
The solutions removed 15,258 labour hours from site, reducing deliveries and congestion, and eliminating hot works on site; improving health and safety.
USB’s 12,500sqm. over seven stories houses a 300-seat lecture theatre, 250-seat flat floor teaching space, laboratories, seminar rooms, café, TV studio, a multitude of offices, and meeting and social spaces. It is rated BREEAM Excellent.
The flagship building and surrounding city area will become a ‘living laboratory’ underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations; promoting Newcastle as a city of science across the world.