About Future Buildings

We take visitors on a journey through time and explore the building innovations that have transformed the world around us. Future Buildings is part of the Great Exhibition of the North - a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.

Future Buildings at NBS is part of the Get North Innovation Trail. We take visitors on a journey through time and explore the building innovations that have transformed the world around us. We’re open seven days a week from 10am till 6pm, so come and visit us!


What's the Future Buildings exhibition all about?

Travel through time and discover the building innovations that have transformed the world around us.

We explore the past and uncover a history of a city you see every day. We show you how emerging technologies have transformed an old building like the Old Post Office - our renovation was completed in 2016 and cost £5.2 million!

We showcase the present with a 3D printed model of the Old Post Office, take a tour of the Old Post Office via a 3D model and see 11 iconic landmarks from around the North East come to life with Augmented Reality technology.

We design the future, giving visitors a chance to build their home of the future and explore how the Internet of Things is connecting our Future Buildings.

We hope the exhibition will excite people about the future of the built environment.




North East showcase

NBS teamed up with 10 local practices to showcase their chosen North East projects as part of our exhibition. Plotted on a map of the region, visitors can grab an iPad and watch how the buildings are brought to life using augmented reality technology, allowing you to move around and get a 360 degree view. 

You can read more about each of the buildings featured and the architects involved in their creation on our dedicated North East Showcase page.




Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is set to put the future of construction in our very own homes, transforming the way we live. 'Smart' devices such as thermostats, light bulbs and even the locks to our front doors are increasingly being controlled by our mobile phones. Explore this concept more in the 'future' section of our exhibition. 




About NBS

NBS is leading the built environment with powerfully connected knowledge, products and services around the world. For over forty years NBS has developed products which support the construction industry. We employ over 200 people here in Newcastle and have offices in Canada and Australia.


How to find us

NBS is a two-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and 100 metres from the north side of the High Level bridge. Our postcode is NE1 1RH. When you arrive, head to the left of the main entrance where you will be greeted by a volunteer. 

Our gallery space is fully wheelchair accessible with a ramp at each entrance. We also have an accessible toilet. 

If you have any other accessibility questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 232 9594.


As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, NBS is raising money for the Maggie's Centre in Newcastle - a breathtaking building helping those affected by cancer.