Newcastle Helix


Newcastle Helix is one of the largest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK. The 24 acre science and technology hub on the former brewery site, located in Newcastle’s city centre provides accommodation for over 4,000 jobs, office and research space, and 450 homes. The aim of the development is to become a major UK hub for scientific research, and technology businesses, creating knowledge based jobs for future generations in Newcastle and extending the Northern Powerhouse to “the North of the North”.
In 2016, Legal & General Capital, the investment arm of Legal & General Group, became the principal funding partner with Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, to build and finance the Newcastle Helix development.

The Lumen Newcastle

The building provides modern workspace for over 1,200 people in the science, technology and knowledge based sectors and is designed to British Council for Office standards with a ratio of occupancy of one person per 8sqm NIA, and to BREEAM Excellent with an EPC rating of A.

There is a generous double height shared reception and touchdown space along with a café, all of which have direct access to the public realm. A triple height A3 unit fronts St James Boulevard whilst plant, back of house and staff amenity spaces are carefully tucked into a basement so to not compromise the active frontage on this key gateway site.

Through expressing the structure and the rigour of the function within we have achieved a well articulated architectural expression with a high degree of transparency. Colour and tone provide a richness and depth. The earthy copper tones catch the sunlight giving the building a different character throughout the day, changing its look and feel and providing a dramatic addition to Newcastle’s skyline.

Client: Legal and General Investment Management

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

Complete: 2019

Value: £26.5m

Urban Science Building 

USB houses the School of Computing Science and Institute for Sustainability, creating world class facilities from which to lead international research into digitally enabled urban sustainability. The School of Computing Science is the top computing school in the UK.

As a centre for urban sustainability research the building is sustainable to its core, so much so that the university’s post occupation goals to deliver the highest standards of sustainability throughout the building’s operational lifetime couldn’t be achieved through a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Client: Newcastle University
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Complete: 2017
Cost: £48m

Newcastle Biosphere

Newcastle Biosphere is unique. It provides much needed space to support a generation of new businesses and enable existing businesses to expand in the now burgeoning science and bioscience sector, creating jobs and raising the profile of Newcastle as a national centre for biosciences. The location on Newcastle Helix supports the development of a cluster of like minded organisations supported by the continued expansion of Newcastle University.

The Spark Newcastle

This mixed development, which includes co working space and staff amenities, is crowned with a bespoke event / restaurant offer. At lower floors there are a series of open floor plates designed for co working and the ever changing workplace environments that organisations now demand.

Client: Legal and General Capital
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Complete: 2020
Cost: £26.5m

Paul Bell


International portfolio; Build to Rent, Education, Health and Later Living