Newcastle University – Frederick Douglass Centre

year 2019

category Universities

client Newcastle University

location Newcastle upon Tyne

project value £29M

TGA Consulting Engineers were instructed as part of the construction design team to complete the technical design for this major University development on Newcastle’s Helix site in the centre of the city.

Project Summary

The £30m 7,270m2 development was delivered alongside Sir Robert McAlpine as Main Contractor and Architects Sheppard Robson.

The project will accommodate more than 2,200 people within the split usage auditoria and lecture theatres across three floors.

The centre will also include an exhibition space and a café for more informal working, with three storeys of learning facilities including office accommodation for the University’s Business School.

As part of the University’s Level 2 Building Information Modelling requirements, TGA worked closely with the installation team in achieving the required COBie deliverables through Stages 4, 5 and 6.

With TGA’s expertise in MEP modelling, the development of technical design, installation and as-built information formed part of the successful design, delivery and hand over process for the project.



People can be accommodated






Split usage auditoria

Exhibition space and a café

During the construction of the Learning and Teaching Centre (LTC) TGA were engaged to complete the Construction, design and installation information on behalf the M&E contractor. Their involvement from an early stage enabled the building model to be developed with actual manufacturers information, which provided detailed installation information. The flexible approach delivered by TGA enabled builders work holes in structural elements to be detailed very early in the programme, which had cost and programme benefits. A Level 2 BIM model was required for the project, with TGA being very proactive in developing this and guided the site team and other team members with the delivery of their respective elements. TGA helped to provide a very technically demanding building successfully, which incorporated complex MEP, Architectural and Structural co-ordination.

Darryl Roe

M&E Design Manager, Sir Robert McAlpine