Science Central is a 24-acre site in Newcastle city centre, on the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle brewery. The vision for Science Central is for the creation of a new urban quarter in the centre of Newcastle which will be an exemplar in sustainability, attracting leading edge scientific organisations to a mixed new community encompassing a variety of educational, business and residential uses.
The project will have huge potential to attract new businesses to the region and help support job creation and long term investment over the next 15-20 years. In employment terms, the development will look to support existing local businesses, spin out new companies, and work with international PLCs, with an important aim being to raise the number of people taking science and technology courses at all levels to equip them with new skills for the future. It will provide a specialist business support hub and state-of-the-art facilities for small start-up science companies as well as inward investors, along with complementary leisure and retail facilities – a ‘home zone’ accommodating approximately 350 new residential properties, built to high environmental standards, is also planned.
Backed by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, and forming part of the Newcastle Science City (NSC) Initiative, the development builds on the city’s existing scientific expertise seen in areas such as stem cell and regenerative medicine at the International Centre for Life, and in ageing and healthcare at Newcastle University’s Campus for Ageing and Vitality.
As one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in the UK, the Science Central development will become a focus for the city’s expertise in sustainability and digital technologies. To support this, Newcastle University are exploring the possibility of locating some of its sustainability, digital and urban research on to the site.
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Newcastle City Council are committed to tackle climate change and to work with residents and partners to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 34% (from 1990 levels) by 2020. We aim to provide significant employment opportunities for Newcastle’s residents, reduce energy bills and boost the local economy.
As a council we will provide leadership by:
We are fortunate to have leading-edge universities, strong private sector partners and national leaders in delivery of sustainability projects as partners. We will strongly encourage the interaction between academic research, business developments, and public service delivery.
With partners, we will also aim to: