Newcastle University are leading the Campus for Ageing and Vitality (CAV) project. The scheme is the regeneration of the former General Hospital on Westgate Road.

The 29 acre site will be developed to provide a range of housing, support for people at different stages of their lives, health and commercial facilities.  The buildings will be set in a destination site with a quality and diverse landscape that will enable leisure activities for the intergenerational community on and off site.

All of these facilities on CAV will operate as a cohesive whole to further the understanding and methods of treatment for primarily ageing related illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Newcastle University will continue their world leading approach to enable people to live longer, better lives.

Newcastle University are leading the forward thinking collaborative project
involving a range of innovative partners and stakeholders:
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North of Tyne Combined Authority
  • Northumbria University

The development of the site vision and aspirations are evolving through collaborative workshops with the partners above to ensure the site continues as a strategic site for all.

In addition to the existing institutional partners Newcastle University are going to be implementing an extensive and involved community engagement process to truly incorporate the views and needs of the community to integrate the CAV site into the community and open up CAV for community uses in the short, medium and long term.

Work is currently ongoing to develop a masterplan for outline planning application. Progress and additional information on the CAV regeneration masterplan can be found at

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