Located at the Newcastle Helix site, the National Innovation Centre worth approximately £50m is one of the most complex and unique structures in the entire city.
J & D Pierce were awarded the structural steelwork package for this Grade A, 6-storey building, with Bowmer & Kirkland as its main contractor.
The building has uniquely fabricated ‘Y’ frames with twisted fabricated columns to the perimeter. In order to achieve a clear span office accomodation and reduce the number of internal columns, cellular beams were employed. Within the building, steel packs of metal floor decking and pre-cast stair units were also provided by J & D Pierce.
The National Innovation Centre is part of one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK, creating in excess of 4000 jobs, a total of 500,000 sq. ft of office and research facilities, and 450 new housing.
Specifically, the centre will house:
- The National Innovation Centre of Ageing (NICA)
- National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD)
- National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO)
Click here to see our photographer, James Thompson’s work throughout construction of the National Innovation Centre.
“Despite its highly complex diagrid design, the fabrication and detailing for the National Innovation Centre was virtually flawless – this eliminated snagging time on-site. An astonishing feat for such an intricate structure.”
– John Brown, Director
Site photographer: James Thompson (UK Construction Photography)