Newcastle University - Urban Sciences Building

Creating a flagship 10,000m² development for Newcastle University

Newcastle University's new Urban Sciences Building will be equipped with cutting-edge facilities and provide a unique ‘living laboratory’ environment designed to benefit research and promote collaboration. It will allow internationally renowned scientists and academics to work together across disciplines on global sustainability challenges, creating solutions to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations.

Key information

Completion date: 2016

Key services: Project management, cost management, BIM leadership and health and safety coordination

The design

The proposed relocation of the School of Computing Science to the building will allow both an expansion of its teaching provision and the embedding of activities traditionally regarded as computing science within the new interdisciplinary programme designed by SURE (Sustainable Urban Research and Engagement), also be housed within the new facility.

Newcastle University decided to adopt Level 2 building information modelling (BIM) and soft landings to support the successful operation of the building, secure the best whole-life-cycle cost and functional performance for a world-leading university.

Our contribution

Turner & Townsend has been appointed as a fully collaborative consultancy team,and our services on the project include::

Making the difference

We are working with various stakeholder groups within the project, including end-user representatives, to deliver a fully collaborative project in response to Newcastle University’s diverse requirements. Project, cost, BIM and health and safety managers are working together with the project team to create a set of strategies and processes responding to the university’s unique needs.