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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.

Taking our rich history forward to solve new challenges

The Stephenson Building helped train the engineers who rebuilt post-war Britain. 70 years on, we need engineering more than ever.

The world faces a climate emergency and has a global population of 8 billion people. We need a new generation of engineers to create:

  • cleaner technologies
  • smarter cities
  • advanced medical technology
The design for the new Stephenson II Building.

Collaborative and international engineering community

Stephenson II will give Newcastle’s engineering community the infrastructure needed for new:

  • types of teaching
  • types of research
  • forms of partnership

We want to create a truly collaborative and international engineering community. We seek to bring students, academics and industry together to solve current and future challenges.

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.