MET Unit Cockle Park Farm, Ulgham, Morpeth, Northumberland


Client:  Newcastle University   Project Value: £816, 257.07 Contract Duration:  October 2013 – February 2014

Cockle Park is a 262 hectare mixed farm situated about 18 miles north of Newcastle upon Tyne and is owned by Newcastle University and it is let out to their School of Agriculture as a tenant farming unit. It has been part of the facilities of the University since 1896 and was one of the first experimental farms to be established in the country. The farm is home to the world’s oldest continuous grazing and hay cutting experiment on the Palace Leas Meadow. The original farm buildings include Cockle Park Tower which is a scheduled ancient monument and was immediately adjacent to our works  Secured through competitive tender, the project entailed the total refurbishment of an existing dilapidated stone building on this working farm to create new laboratory areas and seminar rooms. The work carried out included; the strip out and renewal of a bespoke M & E installation, sympathetic re-pointing to the stonework, reconfiguration of internal walls and structures, insulation of floors and walls, structural steelwork to support a new slate roof, design and construction of a steel mezzanine floor to create a split level teaching environment, installation of laboratory benching systems for teaching teams..

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