Newcastle Helix is already home to Newcastle University’s award-winning Urban Sciences Building, Urban Observatory; The National Green Infrastructure Facility; and buildings such as The Core, a seven-floor home for science, digital and innovation-led businesses.
It has played a pivotal role in enabling the city to win the right to host four national centres – the National Innovation Centre for Data, the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, the National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Innovation Observatory.
The site is also attracting international attention. The Japanese Ambassador recently visited the site, and there have been delegations from the US, China and Germany. Nicola Palmarini, who recently moved from Boston to take over as Director of National Innovation Centre for Ageing, previously worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and IBM.