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The Stephenson Building:
Engineering for the Future


The Stephenson Building:
Engineering for the Future

The Stephenson Building has been the driving force of engineering at Newcastle University for 70 years. The new building will be a living legacy to the engineers who made our modern world.

The next generation of engineers

The Stephenson Building has a long history of training engineers that do great things, from building post-war Britain to developing biomedical engineering solutions. Since the 1940s, it’s been the home to more than 25,000 engineering students. 

With a global population of 8 billion people, the world now faces a climate emergency. We need a new generation of engineers to create: 

  • cleaner technologies 
  • smarter cities 
  • advanced medical technology 

Our new Stephenson building will be a home to engineers making the world a better and healthier place to live. 

The design for the new Stephenson II Building.

Stephenson: a collaborative community hub

The redeveloped Stephenson building will be the place for future engineers, researchers, designers, and visionaries to work together to tackle world challenges. 

A community of collaborative action

The site will offer Newcastle’s engineering community the infrastructure needed for new: 

  • types of teaching 
  • types of research 
  • forms of partnership 
An engineering student at work in the Stephenson Building.

Creating a facility for the 21st century and beyond

The Stephenson Building was designed in the 1940s. It's since been the home to more than 25,000 engineering students. The redevelopment will create a facility for the 21st century and beyond.

The building is a highly visible gateway to the University’s engineering quarter. Our ambition is to use the original footprint to create a 18,000 m2 cutting-edge building. It will provide extensive space for:

  • education
  • research and innovation
  • industrial collaboration

International architecture and engineering practice Norr Group are leading the project. There's a budget of £70m. The target date for completion is late 2024.