It contains a number of significant historic spaces including the Wood Memorial Hall and the basement lecture theatre, modelled on that at the Royal Institution.
Neville Hall is being refurbished and remodelled in a £5m HLF funded project which will enable it to function as a significant conference and meeting venue offering high quality accommodation in individual historic or using the whole building.
An existing escape stair is to be demolished and replaced with a new, modern core used to provide vertical circulation and mechanical and electrical services risers.
The refurbishment works are complicated by the proximity of the building to subterranean remains of Hadrian’s Wall as well as other remnants of medieval Newcastle.
New underfloor heating systems will be provided in the Woods Memorial Hall along with carefully integrated ventilation systems and concealed LED lighting systems enabling the room to be used comfortably by 160 people.
Elsewhere, radical engineering solutions have been required to provide appropriate environmental conditions in the lecture theatre and other meeting rooms without impacting on the extensive historic building façade.
The project has been awarded HLF Stage 2 funding and has recently started on site.