Life science discovery at BioCity
This £27-million project, completed in April 2017, is one of Nottingham’s most significant developments over the last decade and will support more than 700 new bioscience roles in the city over the next 30 years. It is a mixed-use science and business hub featuring laboratories, office space, chemical and solvent storage rooms, and a café.
CATALYST FOR CHANGE
The new five-storey facility provides specialist high-quality research laboratory space and offices plus areas for conference and meeting facilities and is expected to act as a catalyst to bring more life science employers to Nottingham. Life sciences and healthcare sectors currently account for 55,000 jobs across 1,400 firms in the Nottingham City region.
A key feature of the building design is a sunscreen, known as Brise Soleil, designed by Nottingham artist Wolfgang Buttress in partnership with Nottingham Trent University physicist Dr Martin Bencsik, which reduces the risk of the building overheating, making it more energy efficient.
The installation, known as Corona, includes a curtain of 17-metre high aluminium tubes with fibre-optic lights linking the building with NASA satellites – providing a stunning entrance to the east side of the city.