- Client: Newcastle City Council
- Sector: Commercial
- Value: £17m
- Size: 5,170m²
- Location: North East
- Services: Pre-Construction, McAlpine Design Group, Construction
- Completion date: 2014
Located in Newcastle city centre, The Core offers a truly sustainable living and working environment.
The works comprised the design and construction of a new seven storey building, The Core for Newcastle University which is approximately 5,170m². The building provides incubation, commercial and business support facilities, making it a hub for innovation and enterprise in Newcastle city centre. The development also provides a state-of-the-art professional development facility for Newcastle University.
Infrastructure works include installation of new utilities, highway construction, realignment, and the upgrade of an existing road to act as the principal site access route, along with the creation of new public spaces.
The building features green living walls and planted garden roofs, as well as a site wide energy centre that will make the most of low carbon resources. The Core has led by example, offering a truly sustainable living and working environment.
The Core occupies a prominent location within The Helix Masterplan, fronting a new public square on the corner of Wellington Street and St James Boulevard.
The green wall
One of the tallest living walls in the UK at the time of construction, a 27metre high green wall was installed on the side of The Core building.
The green wall creates a vertical garden which measures 366m2 in area, containing more than 35,000 plants including wild strawberries, ivy, seagrass, thyme and bee hotels. The wall was designed, engineered, and installed by ANS Group.
The Core was honoured at the Constructing Excellence North East awards, winning the 'The Legacy Award - Sustainability'.
Judges commented: "They have looked at all opportunities to make this a sustainable build and seem to have engaged everyone early on in the process with a full energy master plan using CEEQUAL & BREEAM to achieve high standards."
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