Green Science to Be at Heart of the City; Part of Flagship Project Is Dedicated to Environmental Research

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Byline: Adrian Pearson

NEWCASTLE will be home to the country's leading environmental researchers as Science City bosses finalise building plans.

A flagship science HQ to be built on the site of the former Tyne brewery will be used exclusively for research into green energy, The Journal can reveal.

A pounds 20m infrastructure project is currently under way to prepare the land near St James' Park for the building, which should be one of the city's most impressive when it is finished and occupied in 2014.

Scientists and business leaders behind the plans believe it will put Newcastle on the map as an international destination for research into low-carbon technology.

The Science City team have decided to slim-down their key areas from four to three after seeing how molecular engineering was an important part of the other themes and not worth its own investment stream.

Research into aging and health will remain at the General Hospital and work on regeneration and stem cell medicines at the International Centre for Life.

Science City chief executive Peter Arnold said the decision to offer the building as a home for "sustainability" research was just one sign of how the city was moving towards a new era of hi-tech jobs.

His plans for an Innovation Machine has seen some of the world's top scientists flock to Tyneside were they are paid to develop businesses based around new inventions or new uses for existing technology. "What we have with the Innovation Machine is a chance to really leave a lasting legacy in the city," Mr Arnold said.

Work to prepare the ground for the science HQ is funded by the three partners; Newcastle Council, Newcastle University and development agency One North East. …