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One of Sotech’s latest projects has been presented with a CEEQUAL ‘Excellent’ award at the Institution of Civil Engineers awards dinner.

Science Central in Newcastle is still currently under construction, but is set to become an incredible example of sustainability in the North East. Achieving a score of 77.3% for improving levels of sustainability in civil engineering, infrastructure, landscaping and public realm, the new build is located on the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site in the city centre. It will become part of a new urban quarter which is hoping to bring cutting edge scientific organisations to the region.

There will be a range of uses for the new centre, including educational, residential and retail space as well as office and business areas. The sustainability features that the project has been so highly commended for include a living green wall, rainwater harvesting, low energy LED lighting and easy access for pedestrians across the whole site.

Collaborating with Faulkner Brown, Sotech’s specification for this job uses our Optima FC system with feature fins between each panel, and will have a stunning Anodised Regency Gold 2 finish.

Mott McDonald was leading the way in designing the initial infrastructure, and project manager Simon Longshaw said that “The designed infrastructure for phase one integrated sustainability from the outset to meet the practical ambitions of the partnership delivering Science Central. We were able to do this within the project’s budget, and are very pleased to accept this award alongside the Science Central project team.”

Malcolm Brown, Technical Manager of Faulkner Brown Architects, has said that:

“The core building at Newcastle Science Central has recently been awarded Design Stage BREEAM Excellent.  Sotech were instrumental during the design process to ensure the architectural ambition for the elevation treatment was realised. They were involved during the early stages of the project where they assisted us to develop critical details and system specification. This commitment then continued throughout the manufacturing and installation process.   As the building reaches completion we are delighted with the end result.”

The Core, the first building of Science Central, is expected to open this autumn, with another £50 million investment from Newcastle University helping to open a second building in 2017.

(Quotes and information from this Newcastle University article)

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