B|D worked with Hawkins\Brown and Buro Happold to design and deliver the new £58m Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University and surrounding public realm fronting Science Square and Holmes Avenue.
The 12,500m² building is set to be a flagship development on the university’s Make-masterplanned £250m Science Central site. This ‘living laboratory’ will house the School of Computing Science and also includes a performance space, research labs, and teaching spaces.
The 8,500m² public realm includes a high quality terrace of Blue Irish limestone, mature trees and directional lighting ‘seams’ drawing the public, students and staff into the USB building from Science Square. Holmes Avenue is a new streetscape with avenues of semi-mature trees and an innovative interlinked rain garden that deals with surface water flows as part of an integrated sustainable urban drainage solution.
The project completed in 2018 and has won a number of national awards including CIBSE Awards 2019 – Project of the Year and Winner at the Education Estates Awards 2018 – Innovation in Teaching and Learning.
Client: Newcastle University & Newcastle City Council