A development poised to change the landscape of Newcastle city centre is up for two awards – before it has even opened.
Science Central, a 24-acre mixed-use development in the heart of Newcastle city centre, has been shortlisted for two prestigious awards at the inaugural MIPIM UK and Estates Gazette Awards in London.
Forming part of MIPIM UK, the first major UK property event to showcase regeneration projects to investors and developers from around the world, the awards recognise contributions made to revitalising cities and towns across the UK.
A team of judges shortlisted the country’s best regeneration projects, acknowledging future projects, while also paying tribute to the best schemes from the private rented sector.
Science Central is shortlisted for Regeneration Project of the Year for being a large-scale, mixed-use development, reshaping the urban environment.
Meanwhile, directors said the Future Project Award recognises Science Central for being a visionary development with ambition to have a significant impact on the urban environment.
Delivered by Newcastle Science City – a partnership between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University – Science Central is one of the biggest urban regeneration projects of its kind in the UK, a £250m redevelopment on the former Scottish and Newcastle brewery.
The development has been shortlisted alongside developments at Earls Court and Piccadilly Circus in London for the Regeneration Project of the Year category, and Dundee Waterfront and the 2014 Commonwealth Games venues in Glasgow for the Future Project Award.
Fiona Standfield, director of Newcastle Science City said: “We’re delighted that Science Central has been recognised in this way on such a prestigious national stage.
“The partnership has high ambitions for the development, so to be recognised both for our achievements so far, as well as our future ambitions is great news.”
Paul Woolston, chair of the North East LEP said: “This is a proud moment for Science Central and the North East.
“To be shortlisted for two awards alongside projects including the 2014 Commonwealth Games venues is a fantastic achievement.”
Winners will be announced on October 16th, during the second day at the MIPIM UK conference which takes place at Excel London.