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Scene is set for creation of Science City; focus on science city Demolition work on the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery in the centre of Newcastle is proceeding at a rate of knots, with the next phase expected to start within weeks. Gordon Hewling, of GVA Lamb & Edge, is part of the team leading the process.

Byline: Gordon Hewling

THE hub of Newcastle Science City is being created at a landmark site in the heart of the city, the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery.

The Newcastle Science City Partnership of Newcastle City Council, regional development agency One NorthEast and Newcastle University are working closely to transform the area into a new flagship for the city on its largest development site of this century.

The project to demolish the brewery is being carried out in three phases, project managed by our building and project management consultancy (BPMC).

Phase one, which includes work across most of the 19-acre site, is well under way. The major buildings have now been demolished, and extensive re-grading works are being carried out, to be completed in early December.

Phases two and three, for the areas fronting St James' Boulevard, will begin in the next few weeks and run through to Spring 2008.

The project for Newcastle Science City has involved representatives of our development, consultancy and valuation teams separately advising the city council throughout its initial lengthy negotiations with S&N.

Those negotiations concluded successfully, the property management team then advised on the next phase until tenants could be relocated and physical works begin.

The project management team also includes HBS Business Services Group Ltd (quantity surveying), Mott McDonald (structural/technical advisor) and Newcastle City Council Engineering and Design Services (procurement). The project has kept to its timetable and budget since the beginning of March this year.

The scale of demolition works is vast and needs to be completed in less than 12 months, with the site prepared for immediate development.

John Hellens (Contracts) Ltd has been responsible for the phase one works. This scheme is recycling much of the material it is demolishing, with rubble being used as hardcore for the new development.

Property at the edge of the brewery has been bought to help consolidate the site and maximise development opportunities.

Newcastle Science City aims to strengthen the long-term economic development of the city and the preparation of the brewery site for construction is key to its success. Managing time and maintaining quality during this important demolition phase of the works are essential.

Gordon Hewling is head of the building and project management consultancy team at GVA Lamb and Edge.

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Date:Oct 24, 2007
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