Architect Bond Bryan gets planning green light for college building on Barras Bridge

Newcastle City Council has given planning permission for architect Bond Bryan's winning design for Newcastle University’s new £22m student and administration services building.

The 8,000 sq m building on Barras Bridge in the city centre is on a prominent gap site opposite St Thomas’s Green. With a combination of open plan offices, meeting rooms and support areas, it will become the new “front door” for the university.

Bond Bryan director Geoff Halliwell said: “The building represents an imposing yet respectful solution for the site, elegant in its simplicity of form and use of glass and natural sandstone, enhanced by the full height brise soleil to its frontage that masks a more complex, deep plan footprint behind.”

Contractors will be appointed in November and the project will start on-site in spring 2008 and is set for completion in 2010.