Permission has been granted to build a major new development in the heart of Newcastle which will link up university academic talent with industry and the public sector to help develop the skills needed to solve real world problems.
The £50m national innovation centre, on Science Central will bring together businesses, academics and the public to support the research and development of new ageing and data-oriented products and services.
The third Newcastle University building to be located on the Science Central site, the centre will be home to the University’s teams from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory (NIHRIO).
NICA works with research specialists, businesses and the public to facilitate the commercialisation of key products, services and technologies to help people live better, longer lives.
NICD works with partners in industry, the public sector and academics to work on opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data.
Permission for the centre was granted at a Newcastle City Council meeting in November.
“How do we age well?”
Professor Mike Catt, Director of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, said: “The National Innovation Centre will provide national leadership on the global question ‘how do we age well?’
“By 2050, the number of people in the world aged 60 years or over is projected to more than double, reaching nearly 2.1 billion. This globally ageing population presents many challenges around quality of life and health and wellbeing amongst others as well as multiple economic and social opportunities.
“Similarly, the explosion of digital data has the potential to transform business and public services products worldwide, offering huge opportunity for the investigation and application of new processes and services.
“This new building will provide NICA and NICD with a much-needed facility to bring together industry, experts and the public under one roof to drive the collaborative development of new products and services and cement the North East as global trailblazer in innovation.”