Health Innovation Neighbourhood

A place where research meets intergenerational living

The Health Innovation Neighbourhood is a large development on the site of the old General Hospital on Newcastle’s Westgate Road.

Its vision is to be a neighbourhood where the housing, environment, infrastructure, research and learning will drive and inform healthier and sustainable living across the life course.

This will be achieved by cross-sectoral collaboration on research, housing, health, and the environment to create a “living laboratory.” Work will explore and address the challenges of global populations that are getting older, sicker, poorer, and less productive.

Led by a joint venture between Newcastle University and Genr8 Kajima Regeneration, the redevelopment of this site will further enhance Newcastle’s position as an exemplar of inclusive economic growth, providing good employment and skills for residents in the west of the city and promoting intergenerational living with welcoming, fun, and fit-for-purpose spaces.

The scheme is working in partnership with Newcastle City Council and when delivered will be the first of its kind in the UK to blend world-class research facilities with residential infrastructure that meets the needs of a changing population and environment.

Size: 29 acres
Gross development value: £500m
Ownership: Newcastle University.
Uses: Educational, Healthcare, Residential, Commercial.
Status: Early-stage scheme with phase 1 site investigations underway and planning ‘minded to approve’.
Opportunity: Capital investment sought for commercial, research, and residential opportunities (buy-to-rent, later living, key worker, student accommodation).