Newcastle Science Central … from the Elswick Colliery, to Brown Ale, to innovation hub

June 14, 2017

Science parks, innovation hubs, tech cities … are springing up in urban capitals across the world, seeking to be a creative focus for entrepreneurs and start-ups, scientific and technological research, to attract inward investment and to help local economies to grow.

Newcastle upon Tyne is one such city, formerly a thriving industrial giant of coal production and ship building, the fortunes of Newcastle have been less impressive in recent years. However, now a new vision, a new space, and a new community is emerging to create the future of the city, and help local business create innovate and grow.

Originally the Elswick Colliery, and later the production centre for Newcastle Brown Ale, Newcastle Science Central is a £250m centre for urban innovation where investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, students, scientists and members of the public can collaborate, innovate and develop solutions for tomorrow’s cities.

The project is being delivered through the Science City Partnership, a collaboration between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University .

Designed with urban sustainability at its heart, The Core building spans seven floors and offers over 29,000 sq ft of flexible office space.

It also houses a number of major academic and industry research partnerships, including the Cloud Innovation Centre, designed help businesses and the public sector take advantage of cloud computing to improve competitiveness, make new products and up-skill the region.

Businesses based there benefit from access to a network of experts, helping them develop, collaborate, innovate and grow.

Toby Hyam, managing director of property management company Creative Space Management, said: “When we helped establish The Core at Newcastle’s Science Central, our objective was to attract and help ambitious young businesses to develop their products and services all over the globe.

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