Rye Hill Campus Regeneration

Newcastle College and Newcastle Sixth Form College Rye Hill campus is a place where education and industry collaborate to develop talented individuals required to work in the construction; green energy and decarbonisation; health and social care; creative culture, hospitality and tourism, business and professional service sectors.

Comprising 10 buildings housing specialist facilities and a public piazza, the campus is home to 13,000 students studying A Levels to Masters degrees the college is regarded as a critical provider of workforce talent to the Newcastle City region.

Plans are being drawn up to regenerate the entire campus, from its southern boundary at the edge of the proposed Forth Yards development and Redheugh Bridge to St James Boulevard at its North.

Creating world class spaces of technical education, the site will act as the gateway to Newcastle, linking Tyne and city.


The North East Technology Park (NETPark) is a premier UK science park in Sedgefield, providing a mix of infrastructure, collaborative opportunities and support for science, engineering and technology companies.

NETPark supports innovative businesses at every stage of their journey from concept to commercialisation with a wide choice of world-class laboratory, clean room and office space.

NETPark is home to three national innovation centres – The National Innovation Centre for Printable Electronics, the National Innovation Centre for Formulations and the National Innovation Centre for Healthcare Photonics.

Durham University Orbit is also on-site providing easy access to facilities, academic expertise and PHD students for NETPark companies.

Durham County Council is bringing forward a range of new infrastructure at NETPark, including:

North East Space Hub (NESH): A building which will provide dedicated offices, shared labs, and collaboration environments for people, businesses and ideas to connect and create new products and services for the Space sector. It will enable Durham to reinforce its position as the nerve centre for the North East space sector at NETPark.

Disruptive Innovation for Space Capability (DISC) DISC is a building which will provide dedicated facilities and equipment with technical expertise for people, businesses and ideas to connect and create new products and services for the Space sector. It will enable Durham to reinforce its position as the nerve centre for the North East space sector at NETPark.

Durham Innovation District

Durham Innovation District is an emerging 62 hectare nationally significant innovation district in the heart of Durham city.

At its core is the 16 hectare Aykley Heads development, a first-class site that will deliver high quality facilities in an innovation ecosystem that allows businesses to thrive.

The development will drive a step change in economic growth, providing up to 4,000 jobs and 38,468 sqm of commercial space.

Durham Innovation District is led by Durham County Council and Global top 100 Durham University, with opportunities for a private sector partner to come in and help deliver on the shared ambition.

Bringing the development to fruition will increase the pipeline of specialist talent in the local labour market, tie together several of Durham assets in an interconnected network and increase the vibrancy and footfall in the town centre.

Fenwick Newcastle

Renovation project to transform the 140-year-old Fenwick flagship department store in the heart of the City Centre, phased over five years with completion by 2026

To mark its 140th anniversary and coinciding with the burgeoning inward investment into the City, Fenwick is in the midst of a major £40m refurbishment programme to transform its flagship department store in the heart of the Retail Core on Northumberland Street and Eldon Square.

Two significant internal atria have been unveiled showcasing the retail and hospitality offer together with a complete renovation of the ground floor Beauty Hall. In 2024, a new curved glass shopfront on Northumberland Street will be revealed, which will feature central entrances on Northumberland Street opening views from the street into the store.

The renovation of the frontage, by Mailen Design, coincides with Newcastle City Council’s programme to deliver major improvements to the surrounding external public realm, on Northumberland Street and Brunswick Place.

In conjunction with Monument Mall and the City Council, Fenwick was instrumental in creating an elevated pedestrianised street, with modern alfresco restaurants and an exceptional florist opening out from the Southern flank of the store onto Brunswick Place. Further new bars and restaurants are planned inside the store, alongside the acclaimed Food Hall.

Fenwick offers experiential pop-ups such as Bistro Greggs, which captured global media attention and quickly sold out, as well as its much-celebrated Santa on the Roof, which has become a must family experience every Christmas.  In 2024, Fenwick customers will see experiences such as Newcastle United & Adidas shop-in-shop, on the back of its recent collaboration with the football club and much more.

The Pattern Shop

The iconic Pattern Shop building is where industrial pioneer Robert Stephenson built steam locomotives in the 1800s for export around the world, heralding the birth of the railway and marking a key moment in the Industrial Revolution, reimagined and restored to house the next generation of groundbreaking businesses.

The Grade 2 listed building has been brought back to life connecting past, present and future to create spaces that benefit from the most advanced green energy technologies in this low carbon, low energy office building.

With spectacular views of the Tyne bridges and an enviable location, situated directly adjacent to Central Station and other major transport links, The Pattern Shop combines industry leading telecommunications connectivity with best-in-class sustainability technology, ensuring this soulful building is the perfect fit for businesses looking for a distinctive and special location to attract and nurture a talented workforce.

The Pioneer

Stirling Prize winning architecture practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, have created the ten storey Pioneer as a workplace that will be flooded with natural light and have stunning panoramic views and outdoor terraces. It will be technologically advanced, accessible and have human wellbeing and environmental considerations at the top of the list of design essentials.

The Pioneer is perfectly located right beside Newcastle’s central train station and just a short walk to the rest of the city centre, sitting where George and Robert Stephenson’s first purpose built locomotive factory was established in 1823.

A striking landmark building and gateway to the mixed-use development, The Pioneer will be one of a family of climate positive projects which support wellbeing and community at this central heritage site. Flexible floor plates and office spaces with a distinctive colonnade entrance and reception area to welcome visitors all add to the innovative and breathtaking offer for prospective tenants.

Centre for Health and Social Equity

The Centre for Health and Social Equity (CHASE) at Northumbria University is an internationally recognised flagship centre, dedicated to promoting health and social equity across the UK and globally.

Building upon Northumbria University’s growing reputation for world-class applied teaching and research, the £100m Centre for Health and Social Equity (CHASE) project aims to promote regional, national, and international health and social equity.  CHASE is projected to deliver a Net Present Social Value of over £250m over 20 years.

Northumbria University is developing a new state-of-the-art development on its Newcastle City Centre campus. It will use this building to house Faculty of Health and Life Science academics in expanded and enhanced, state-of-the art facilities.  The new facility will enable the University to provide more innovative research, teaching, health and care workforce development and services offering to create improved social, economic and health outcomes for marginalised communities. Through the expanded teaching and simulation facilities the University will be able to play an even greater role in supporting a pipeline of talent to meet future NHS workforce needs.

Building on a decade of exponential growth in research capacity and quality, and capitalising on our social mobility mission, CHASE will enable Northumbria, as a key regional anchor institution, to become an instrument of greater equity as an employing, procuring, teaching and researching institution.

CHASE will be the largest transformational project of Northumbria University’s current strategy (2024-2030), housing academics collaborating on interdisciplinary research and experiential teaching to deliver breakthrough solutions for real world challenges.

North East Space Skills and Technology Centre

The North East Space Skills and Technology Centre (NESST) will be a world-leading space skills, research and technology centre in the North East of England.

It will be a “game-changer” for the UK space economy. NESST will provide state-of-the-art R&D and educational facilities for the space sector in a refurbished building in Newcastle city centre comprising of purpose-built space designed to encourage collaboration and interaction across the space cluster.

NESST will serve as a hub for advanced research and development (R&D) and innovation in areas including optical satellite communications, space weather and space-based energy. It will create new technologies and intellectual property (IP). It is expected to directly support the creation of over 350 jobs and inject over £260 million into the North East economy over the next 30 years becoming a catalyst for the wider development of the space sector in the North East region.

An ambition to further regenerate the area of Newcastle, on the edge of Northumbria’s city campus, surrounding the NESST building with state of the art incubator and innovation space for business enabling collaboration, research and development and new job opportunities locally.


Just a few miles west of Newcastle City Centre, there is opportunity to transform brownfield land by the River Tyne into a thriving, sustainable urban community, with a revitalised Metrocentre at its heart.

An economic powerhouse of the region, Metrocentre contributes £900 million to the economy each year, employs 11,000 people, has excellent transport links and is one of the most sustainable destinations of its kind. Its extensive healthcare, community and workspace facilities complement the over 270 retailers, 60 hospitality options and leisure facilities at the Metrocentre.

Independent research indicates that the 2.6 million people who live within a one hour drive of Metrocentre are responsible for £13.2bn of retail spend. Its £70m investment programme is attracting high calibre tenants, driving increased footfall and occupancy. Interest in becoming part of this destination centre is welcomed.

Building on this regional draw, the MetroGreen initiative seeks to transform brownfield land around Metrocentre, providing opportunities for up to 5,000 new homes, alongside regional scale leisure, commercial space and other amenities. With a sustainable setting, and infrastructure encompassing accessible green spaces, pedestrian and cycle networks and enhanced public transport links, and providing easy access to the Metrocentre’s facilities, the River Tyne, the national transport network.

Gateshead Council and Homes England are working in partnership to facilitate the delivery of plots for development from 2029.

Baltic Quarter

Baltic Quarter is home to a thriving tech community, Gateshead College and the Council owned District Energy Centre & Net Zero Network.

The last five years has seen continued investment in buildings and critical infrastructure including PROTO (Europe’s first dedicated centre for emerging technology), Riga (Grade A offices), a new tree-lined boulevard linking the Quays to the road network, and a 1,000 space MSCP.

Baltic Quarter is located immediately south of Gateshead Quays with the majority of the land owned by the Council. A new masterplan will guide future development of the site with capacity for c1,000 new homes, c450,000 sq ft commercial accommodation, hotels and ancillary uses.

Baltic Quarter presents a fantastic opportunity to continue the growth of a vibrant urban quarter within NewcastleGateshead city centre. Plots are available now for development, and the Council are looking for development and investment partners.