The Core opens for business

L-R: Paul Watson – Newcastle University, Toby Hyam – Director of Creative Space Management, Fiona Standfield – Director of Science City, Nick Forbes – leader of Newcastle City Council.

WITH the opening of ground-breaking new building The Core, Newcastle’s multi-million pound Science Central development is established as a new quarter of the city centre.

The Core provides office space for firms working on a range of future city challenges including energy, transport, big data and cloud computing. The Newcastle City Council owned building is managed by Creative Space Management.

The Core is an £11.2m building which has been funded through the European Union Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 (ERDF), Regional Growth Fund and Newcastle City Council. At opening, the building is already 90% pre-let to tenants, including Urban Foresight, a consultancy for urban ecosystems, transport and energy sectors and Axivity, a firm that has relocated from York and creates movement sensors.

The Core has been designed with urban sustainability at its heart. Features include a four-storey living wall, bee hotels, planted sedum roofs, rainwater harvesting and a series of adjoining public squares, all of which resulted in a recent sustainability ‘excellent’ award.