Projects // CommercialEducation // The Biosphere, Newcastle

PROJECT: The Biosphere

LOCATION: Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne

SECTOR: Higher Education / Laboratories

STATUS: Complete

END CLIENT/DEVELOPER: Newcastle City Council

MAIN CONTRACTOR: Kier

MEP VALUE: £5.5M

 

SCOPE OF WORKS: The Biosphere is a 90,000 sqft new build facility, offering high-quality biology and chemistry laboratories, Grade A offices and conference space located on Helix, one of the largest regeneration schemes of its type in the UK.

The building has been developed to meet the needs of businesses specialising in the commercialisation of life sciences and innovation as well as research and development in the heart of Newcastle city centre on a former brewery site.

KEY POINTS:  

  • BIM Level 2 modelling
  • Prefabricated plant room incorporating plate heat exchangers to connect to the site’s central energy centre
  • Heating and cooling using four pipe fan coils
  • Highly serviced building to meet laboratory standards, including fume cupboard extraction and ventilation for all spaces
  • HDPE drainage pipework installed throughout
  • BREEAM