Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Director: Geoff Halliwell
Project Managers: Turner & Townsend
Services Engineers: Hoare Lea
Civil/Structural Engineers: Buro Happold
Contractor: BAM Construction
Construction Value: £23 million
Completion Date: 2010
Gross Internal Floor Area: 8,000 square metres
BREEAM Sustainability Rating: Very Good
Newcastle’s central campus has numerous points of access; however one point of entry, adjacent the popular Students’ Union and opposite the City’s Civic Centre and Haymarket Metro Station, is particularly significant. A surface car park for several decades, it was time for this site to realise its true potential: a brand new front door.
Bond Bryan won the design competition; there were two key challenges.
Firstly: to meet the needs of a range of users; the brief emerged via a series of intensive discussions and research visits. The solution: super-flexible open-plan floors with designated discrete areas for meetings and interviews.
Secondly: to respond to this architectural opportunity. The site’s extreme prominence and proximity to important buildings required detailed consultation with the Conservation Area Advisory Committee and English Heritage. A series of detailed photorealistic visualisations showing the proposal in its context kept everyone informed.
The result was a simple but bold essay in natural stone and glass; internally the large floor plates are bordered and penetrated by open voids that ventilate the building and provide exceptional daylighting.
The building was Highly Commended at Newcastle City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Awards 2010.