Robertson completes £2.5m Newcastle University extension

Robertson North East England has completed work on a £2.5m extension to Newcastle University. The new Building Sciences Lab is spread over three floors and is a total of 18,000 square feet.

Construction started on the high quality facility last April and it is now a fit-for-purpose learning facility that will allow students to hone their practical skills.

Commenting on the completion, Garry Hope, Managing Director, of Robertson North East England, which is part of the £450 million infrastructure group Robertson, said:

“We’re delighted to have delivered a building that will greatly benefit students at the University.

“Robertson has worked extremely hard to ensure that the extension has been completed to the highest standards and we hope the new facility will provide an exceptional working environment for students.”

The project consisted of a 3-storey extension which will house new workshops and teaching space, and refurbishment of the existing building science facility.  The steel frame structure was founded on CFA piles, with a zinc rainscreen cladding and curtain walling external envelope. Internally all M&E services and key construction components were left exposed to allow students the opportunity to review the build process.

Throughout the duration of the project the existing building sciences facility remained live and a close liaison with the university was required to ensure that the works did not impact on the day to day operations of the university.  The site was in the heart of the campus and the project team successfully overcame many challenges in terms of access and logistics.