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Old April 5th, 2010, 12:29 PM   #61
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Green science to be at heart of the city
Apr 5 2010 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal



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 £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.

Professor Nick Wright, Newcastle University’s pro vice chancellor for research, said that alongside a new university building on the site the city had a chance to transform itself not just physically but in its global status as well.

Asked if the looming Government cuts would jeopardise this, he said he was confident the development would continue without delay.

Prof Wright added: “We’re hopeful we can avoid the worst of this, the Labour Government has been a big friend of science investment.”

He added: “We have planned all this knowing there is a possibility of a reduction in funding, so we at present do not see anything which will change the timetable for Science City.

“As long as the cuts are no deeper than what has been talked about so far we do not anticipate having to delay these plans.”

Newcastle Council leader John Shipley has welcomed plans to focus the region’s green energy expertise in Newcastle.

He said: “I genuinely believe we are heading towards achieving a status as world leaders in sustainability and this flagship building is a big step towards that.

“The recession did not help us but we the partners decided to push ahead with this investment and spend money preparing this site.

“I think we will see investors starting to come forward now and soon have a building we can be proud of.”
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Old April 5th, 2010, 02:50 PM   #62
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If this goes ahead, it certainly sounds positive.

Credit where credit's due, the city certainly seems to be throwing itself 100% into sustainable technology and engineering. With our industrial infrastructure and Newcastle University here, we've got a good base for industry and research.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #63
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Don't mean to be negative but due to timescales it's difficult to get exited about this one !!

Just another press release to add to the many that preceeded it. In reality no real development till 2012. By then plans will have almost certainly been scaled back to an average mediocre groundscraper site.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #64
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I'd bet my mortgage on this one being the "Discovery Quarter" all over again.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #65
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True, but this is a plan for a single building, not an entire quarter, so this is a lot more deliverable.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:41 PM   #66
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Green science to be at heart of the city
Apr 5 2010 by Adrian Pearson, The Journal



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 £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.

Professor Nick Wright, Newcastle University’s pro vice chancellor for research, said that alongside a new university building on the site the city had a chance to transform itself not just physically but in its global status as well.

Asked if the looming Government cuts would jeopardise this, he said he was confident the development would continue without delay.

Prof Wright added: “We’re hopeful we can avoid the worst of this, the Labour Government has been a big friend of science investment.”

He added: “We have planned all this knowing there is a possibility of a reduction in funding, so we at present do not see anything which will change the timetable for Science City.

“As long as the cuts are no deeper than what has been talked about so far we do not anticipate having to delay these plans.”

Newcastle Council leader John Shipley has welcomed plans to focus the region’s green energy expertise in Newcastle.

He said: “I genuinely believe we are heading towards achieving a status as world leaders in sustainability and this flagship building is a big step towards that.

“The recession did not help us but we the partners decided to push ahead with this investment and spend money preparing this site.

“I think we will see investors starting to come forward now and soon have a building we can be proud of.”
This sounds promising, I hope it's true.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:48 PM   #67
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i bet there's some images of this building knocking around somewhere, though probably not in the public domain. job for greg - get us some more info about this planned building, particularly how it is going to be one of the city's "most impressive".
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Old April 5th, 2010, 06:54 PM   #68
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i bet there's some images of this building knocking around somewhere, though probably not in the public domain. job for greg - get us some more info about this planned building, particularly how it is going to be one of the city's "most impressive".
Yeah I'm sure there will be johnny, you just need to know where to look. Hopefully greg will be able to get us some info.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 11:16 AM   #69
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I've not seen anything yet
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Old April 6th, 2010, 12:47 PM   #70
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There's more than a vague whiff of bandwagon jumping regarding the sudden interest in 'green' science for the site. I still can't see it happening.
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Old April 6th, 2010, 07:12 PM   #71
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So they've knocked one of the key elements on the head and decided to keep the other two at their current locations. Is this perhaps a tacit admittance that private sector interest isn't meeting expectations?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #72
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Trawling for some info on the INTO sites and found this info on the Science Central site from the University Senate minutes:

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SCIENCE CENTRAL MASTERPLAN
Received a presentation on the Science Central Masterplan from Mr Len Wilson, Head of Capital Development.
[A copy of the slides used in the presentation is filed in the Minute Book.]
After noting that:

1. The masterplan for the Science Central site was being developed by the city development company 1NG in conjunction with Make Architects.

2. The site would be mixed purpose, incorporating residential, commercial, retail, leisure, and educational areas. The need to ensure adequate connectivity with the city was central to the site’s design. The site would provide a pedestrian friendly environment giving pedestrians rights of way over traffic.

3. Buildings on the site would be constructed with environmental and sustainability considerations in mind and it was hoped that the University buildings on the site would achieve the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) rating of at least ‘excellent’.

4. Investigations were continuing into the possibility of including a geothermal borehole which would feed into the site’s energy centre.

5. The University’s buildings would not include air conditioning but instead would be heated and cooled via a process of natural ventilation. Sun path analysis had also been undertaken to ensure buildings were positioned in order to make best use of natural light.

6. The construction of the initial Science Gateway building and the Phase 1 infrastructure development was expected to cost £24m.

7. It was anticipated that it would take 10-15 years to develop the whole site. It was intended to have a design freeze in May 2010 to allow the plan to be fully costed and for public consultation to be conducted. Public consultation had been undertaken three years previously and views expressed at that time had been incorporated into the plan. It was hoped that a planning application for the first phase of development would be submitted towards the end of August 2010.

8. The importance of providing transport links to other sites in the city in which University staff and students were based, such as the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, was emphasised. It was intended to investigate the time required to travel between the Science Central site and other University locations and to consider the results of the investigations when making future plans for the site. It was noted that cycle routes across the city could be improved.

9. There was an existing bus route which connected Stanhope Street, to the north of the Science Central site, with the General Hospital site. Consideration was also being given to the possibility of diverting existing bus routes through the site via Wellington Street. Potential travel routes to the International Centre for Life were also being explored.

10. The possibility of Science Central being used as a living laboratory for green living, involving the installation of environmental sensors, was suggested. It was noted that there were plans to include a research module in the residential area of the site and a member of staff was considering using Science Central as a test site for urban sustainability applications, subject to funding being available.

11. The student accommodation on the site would be privately managed with the University entering into a nominations agreement to provide occupants for 260 beds. It was anticipated that this accommodation would be available from September 2012.

12. No large-scale teaching of undergraduates was planned for the Science Central site (other than in the Business School) but undergraduate students would be able to access the available facilities to undertake specific projects.
http://www.ncl.ac.uk/governance/inte...7April2010.pdf
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:24 PM   #73
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Thanks for finding that info toonlad. Interesting stuff, I see it says a planning application is expected in August this year, should be interesting.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 03:19 PM   #74
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£60m cash boost to create hundreds of jobs
Jun 16 2010 by Adrian Pearson, Evening Chronicle


City development company 1NG will lead building work and has promised Newcastle it will finally see some movement on the Science City plans.

They said there will be “accelerated” development to create a home in the city for environmental industries and low carbon research.

Downing Developments is already on site building 135,000 sq ft of offices and teaching space pre-let by Newcastle University Business School and construction of a £30m student village due for completion autumn 2011.

It is underpinned by what planners call “4 Big Moves”.

It will mean increasingly hard to come by Government cash is earmarked for creating high tech jobs, skills training, improvements to the main business districts current public sector buzz word “sustainability”.

Development agency One North East has also leant their support – and cash – to the regeneration plan.

Chief executive Alan Clarke said: “This 20-year vision reflects the commitment from partners not only to how this dynamic urban area will be developed in the years to come, but also how this will be achieved.

“It identifies the opportunities we have around science, technology and innovation – all areas which have put North East England on the global map to win new businesses and jobs.


REST OF ARTICLE ON RELATED ISSUES HERE - http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north...2703-26662915/
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Old July 8th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #75
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Next week's NCC planning committee has an interesting application for a 1m borehole to a potential depth of 2km on the Brewery site; it will be used for researching potential for geothermal energy.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 06:14 PM   #76
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Next week's NCC planning committee has an interesting application for a 1m borehole to a potential depth of 2km on the Brewery site; it will be used for researching potential for geothermal energy.
I remember seeing something about this a year or two back, and I'm quite excited by this prospect. In theory geothermal energy can be used anywhere where there is solid ground below which can heat up water, which could mean that places no longer need a boiler, or it could turn the water into steam which could power generators, which will produce electricity. So in theory every building or home in the future could depending on the size of the building and with solar panels and wind turbines if needed be totally self effiecent.
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Old July 8th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #77
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Geothermal is, as far as I'm aware, usually the method Chris mentions where power (mainly in the form of electricty, I think) is taken from steam produced from the warm water brought up.

Ground Source Heat Pumps are the more common type of energy-systems which use boreholes - they simply bring up warmer water which is used purely to provide space and water heating (which is much simpler).
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Old July 8th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #78
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I don't doubt that there is heat under the ground there and it'll be possible to use it for heating up water. Look North had a thing on last week maybe about somewhere in Northumberland doing it and plans to build a village which will run on it.

So it'll be useful for whatever ends up being built here in Newcastle.

However, it's not going to be used for electricity. A power plant is never going to get put in the centre of a city, and we aren't near any tectonic plates, so I question how effective it'd be considering most geothermal plants are on tectonic plates. Although geothermal energy emits less CO2 compared to fossil fuel burning, it does cause stuff like methane and sulfuric acid, which not only stinks, causes acid rain.

I like the idea of boring to see what it's like, but I hope this doesn't mean that site being left empty for even longer while they do whatever research they've got planned. It's a shame to see such a big empty space considering the location.
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Old July 9th, 2010, 08:59 PM   #79
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I agree that I can't see it being used to produce electricity. Much more likely to be a plant producing heat for the buildings on the Science City site. Still, we'll see I guess - either way, it's good news.
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Old July 12th, 2010, 11:03 AM   #80
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Science masterplan is really hotting up
July 12th 2010, by Amy Hunt, The Journal


EXPERTS hope to drill 2,000m below the streets of Tyneside in search of hot rocks to provide green energy.

Scientists from Newcastle University have asked for permission to create boreholes up to 2km deep – 100 times the height of the Angel of the North.

They believe there is geothermal energy in the ground beneath the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery site which could provide natural central heating for the Science Central development earmarked for the site.

And they want to set up two boreholes to test the temperature and find out whether the method could be used to produce electricity or supplement hot water for buildings planned for the site.

In 2008 researchers’ ears pricked up when maps published by the British Geological Survey revealed Newcastle had geothermal energy potential.

Now they have applied to the city council for planning permission to start the work and planning chief Harvey Emms is recommending councillors give it the green light.

Last month Newcastle University scientists celebrated successfully siphoning water at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius from 1km below the ground at Eastgate in County Durham.

The water was brought to the surface by a twin borehole system, the first of its kind in the UK.

Using two holes allows the water to be pumped back underground to be warmed up again, in a kind of large-scale heating system.

The idea is for the water to be used to provide renewable heat for homes and businesses, including a hotel and spa, in the Eastgate eco-village due to be built in Weardale. The village is also set to be the only place in the country to use all five forms of land-based renewable energy available in the UK wind, solar, biomass, hydro and geothermal.

The application is to drill two 10cm wide boreholes to a depth of up to 2km over a temporary period of 39 weeks.

An 11m high drill rig would be used and drilling would take place from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 5pm on a Saturday.

There are no objections to the plan.


FULL ARTICLE HERE - http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-e...1634-26831914/
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