Newcastle University King’s Road


Client: Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Construction Value: £1m

OOBE’s winning proposal redeveloped the main campus artery for Newcastle University. It was built on three key objectives – create a pedestrian focused environment, develop a sustainable approach to current surface water and flooding problems and provide a flexible and multi-functional environment.

A series of distinct focus spaces were developed which respond to the mixture of historical and modern buildings and supports various aspects of student life. 

The main campus artery has been transformed through a pedestrian priority approach which reduces vehicular dominance, ensures that people know they have arrived ‘on campus’ and has an improved connectivity with the wider city centre.


A bold new sustainable vision for the campus core

The masterplan has been developed as one scheme but approached in a manner which will allow implementation over a number of phases to tie in with the wider context. It promotes a reduced vehicle environment and enhances ecological routes through the site to the wider area.

A high quality campus environment with a recognisable personality and underpinned by sustainable processes has been achieved.

“Newcastle University selected OOBE’s winning proposal for the King’s Road Landscaping scheme based on several aspects. The scheme provides a distinct and coherent design for the area, building on success that the University has already achieved in other areas of the campus. OOBE demonstrated a clear understanding of the brief, especially in their understanding of the surrounding context and ability to develop a sustainable approach towards surface water management.”

James Adshead, Capital Manager, Estate Support Service at Newcastle University


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