Newcastle Science Central is a new science-themed urban quarter in the heart of Newcastle, which occupies the 20ha former Tyne Brewery site. Part of a multidisciplinary team, we were the landscape architect behind the public realm design and associated statutory consents for the development.
The brief defined strong aspirations for a distinctive high-quality public realm which promotes environmental sustainability and science themes whilst providing a range of fully accessible and multi-functional spaces. The project also establishes new connections with the surrounding urban areas and creates strategic links for cycling and pedestrians.
LUC developed a public realm strategy which incorporated both permanent and interim landscapes in which the pedestrian has priority with level surfaces throughout to facilitate all-abilities access.
We were then responsible for the first phase of public realm on the project, following complex site preparation works and infrastructure development. This included a network of streets, two new civic spaces and extensive areas of interim landscape, plus a public access network to allow positive use of the future development plots until they are needed.
The designs employed science themes and applied sustainable design principles, achieving CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ rating. For example, the stone quarried on site during site preparation works was used as a paving material.