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Urban Sciences Building Launch Event

Our new, £58m building housing a wide range of engineering research teams will be open to the media and guests.

Date/Time: 13 September 2017, 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: Urban Sciences Building, Science Central

The building brings together experts from engineering, computing science, energy, infrastructure, and sustainability to drive forward outstanding research that will make a difference to 21st century life.

Teams and facilities to be based in the USB include:

Many aspects of the building are central to our role in the EPSRC-funded UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).

Based in the heart of Newcastle, it is the first building on Science Central, and has been developed as a 'building as a lab'. It is an example of best practice for sustainable urban architecture with features including:

  • a green roof that attenuates rainwater run-off
  • solar screen printed facades to prevent overheating in the summer
  • a glazed roof that provides high levels of daylight
  • a ground floor that is integrated with the urban landscape which itself is a Sustainable Urban Drainage Scheme

Also home to the School of Computing, new teaching, study and research spaces have been incorporated with social spaces including a roof terrace, cafe, common room and events space.

The building, designed by architects Hawkins\Brown and constructed by Bowmer & Kirkland was delivered on time and on budget.


Media wishing to attend the launch event should contact:

Tom Bramald
Marketing and Communications Manager
tom.bramald@ncl.ac.uk