Verde, Newcastle


Verde, a major new student accommodation complex in the centre of Newcastle by Ian Simpson Architects. Located on the Science Central site in the city centre, the new £21m complex will house 543 student residential bedrooms. Work on the site is expected to last for just under two years with the first students expected to move in September 2016.

Verde will consist of two buildings located on Pitt Street. The building on the junction of Pitt Street and Wellington Street is V shaped, creating a facade that runs parallel with both Pitt Street and Wellington Street. It rises to a point defining the corner and creating a recognisable symbol for the complex, marking the main entrance.

The two structures will be clad in a green glazed terracotta tile laid horizontally across both buildings. Dark blue brick is introduced at ground level where the facade has been recessed.

Verde will sit to the north of the Downing Plaza development which includes Newcastle University Business School, Liberty Plaza and The View also commissioned by Downing and designed by Ian Simpson Architects and The Alan Johnston Partnership.