Newcastle Science Central is a new science-themed urban quarter being developed in the heart of Newcastle. Part of a multidisciplinary team, we were the landscape architect behind the public realm design and associated statutory consents for the development.
The client was looking for a distinctive high-quality public realm which promotes environmental sustainability and science themes. They wished to deliver a range of multi-functional spaces, establish new connections with the surrounding urban areas and create strategic links for cycling and pedestrians.
LUC developed a public realm strategy which incorporated both permanent and interim landscapes, giving the pedestrian priority with level surfaces throughout to facilitate all-abilities access.
Following complex site preparation works and infrastructure development, we were then responsible for the first phase of public realm on the project. 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 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.
Services employed: Urban Design & Masterplanning