16 March 2017

Ryder Architect appointed to deliver next phase of major Newcastle urban regeneration project.

Legal & General Capital (LGC) has announced that award-winning international design practice Ryder Architecture has been appointed to deliver the first of its grade A office buildings at Newcastle Science Central. This appointment will progress the delivery of one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK.

The scheme, which is being developed in partnership with LGC, Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, will bring forward over 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 site. 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, improving accessibility to the site and providing a significant amenity for office workers, visitors and the surrounding community.

Newcastle Science Central is a 24-acre science and technology hub on the former brewery site, famed for brewing Newcastle Brown Ale. The development is located in Newcastle's city centre and is set to create over 4,000 jobs, 500,000 sq ft of office space, and 450 new homes. In June 2016 it was announced that Legal & General would become a long term investment partner on the ,~350m flagship site, alongside Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.