Lawyers at North East firm Bond Dickinson have played a key role in the development of Newcastle’s Science Central after being appointed as legal adviser on the project.
The 24-acre development, based on the site of the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site, will create a new urban quarter in the city which is set to become a hub for scientific businesses, research and innovation, also offering leisure, retail and residential uses.
The development is being delivered by Newcastle Science City, a partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council and lawyers from across Bond Dickinson’s real estate, planning, construction, commercial and procurement teams have provided advice to ensure the site’s development is progressing successfully and within deadlines.
Following a period of ground enabling works to make the site ready for construction, the first building on Science Central, The Core, is now well underway.
An additional £50 million investment by Newcastle University on site will create a state-of-the-art ‘living laboratory’ where new technologies and research will be trialled from 2017.
The firm said it has advised since the start of the project, ensuring that the development is investment ready with completed ground enabling works following the demolition of the former brewery. Advice included general commercial, contract, statutory and regulatory matters, as well as planning, construction, procurement, property and estate management.
Construction director Ian Atkinson, part of the team advising on the project, said: “This is a massive project for Newcastle, central to reinforcing its reputation as a smart future city and we are thrilled to be a part of it. We were first involved when discussions between the University and the Council were in their infancy, so it is very exciting to see the project through to this stage.
“An ambitious development of this nature in a city centre location presents a number of challenges, and we have built a strong relationship with the project team delivering Science Central, drawing on a number of areas of expertise across the firm, to ensure that progress to date has been within the expected programme.”
Fiona Standfield, Director of Newcastle Science City added: “We are appreciative of the advice provided by Bond Dickinson on the Science Central development, which will see the creation of a brand new quarter in the city, connecting the West End to the city centre once more. The team has brought the project forward in line with planned timescales and we are now in the exciting position of opening the first building on site later this year.”