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Health Innovation Neighbourhood

We want to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. Central to our plans is developing the world's first health innovation neighbourhood.


Working with partners we'll build on our world leading ageing research to provide innovative solutions for living, leisure, learning and employment.

The Health Innovation Neighbourhood is a 29-acre brownfield site to the west of Newcastle city centre.It will colocate:

  • intergenerational residential and later living with green and blue space to encourage activity and play
  • interdisciplinary primary healthcare provision incorporating education and research
  • interwoven with a ‘spine’ of research and innovation in both academic and commercial infrastructure.

By acting as a ‘living laboratory’ focussed on digital enablement, health and care and the anthropogenic environment the neighbourhood will improve lives at local, regional and global levels.


The vision is to be the UK’s first health innovation neighbourhood. We're creating space for research to come together with business, government and people to shape the future of health and ageing. The work will be constantly changing as we adapt to a changing population and environment. 


Developing best practice in health and ageing, connecting research to community and environment, and advancing new techniques in health, care and ageing.


Innovating and creating new economic opportunity, with good jobs and lifelong learning as well as a wider value chain supporting improved health and ageing.


Delivering an inclusive and accessible place based on research, with high environmental and connectivity standards and promoting physical and mental health.


There is a dramatic health divide between the North and South of England. Addressing local health inequalities is a core ambition for the scheme. We will identify the most most effective means by which neighbourhoods can promote healthy and sustainable living and ageing. The findings will then be used to influence healthy neighbourhood developments elsewhere in the UK and around the world.

Delivered by four interconnected themes


Since the 1960s, we’ve changed the landscape of ageing, from fundamental science through to business innovation. We're a global leader in ageing and health research and innovation.

In 2017 we purchased the former Newcastle General Hospital site from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Our vision is to develop a health innovation neighbourhood.

The plan for the scheme was endorsed in February 2022 by Newcastle City Council. A key focus is to integrate with surrounding communities.

We formed a development joint venture with Genr8 Kajima Regeneration Ltd in March 2022. The partnership brings the University together with Kajima, the pan-European real asset developer, and leading regeneration developer, Genr8.

The facts

Promoter: NGK Ltd - a joint venture between Newcastle University and Genr8 Kajima Regeneration Ltd

Scale: £500M+ GDV

Sector: academic, office, residential, leisure

Location: Western edge of Newcastle city centre

Investment type: Development funder

Programme: 2017 – 2035

Planning status: consent secured April 2024


The site comprises 20 acres of development space. Plot sizes range between 0.4 and 2.7 acres. Green space is incorporated throughout the site. Existing boundary walling is likely to be removed. This will create porous boundaries with the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Preparatory and investigative work is underway on site to assess demolition and ground engineering works.

Promoter and partnerships

Promoter, NGK Ltd, is working with a range of public and private bodies to bring forward the development. This includes:

  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria University
  • North of Tyne Combined Authority
  • Homes England