New collaborative facility for research and development in Nottingham
- Catalyst for science growth in Midands
- Focus on local spend
- State-of-the-art research and development hub
- Creating 200 highly skilled jobs for region
Our team in the Midlands have created a collaborative Grade A 22,700 sq. ft office space in Nottingham – providing space for growing firms to expand their research and development facilities near like-minded businesses.
Procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, as part of the Scape Group National Construction framework, the new facility has created an effective hub of commercial activity within Nottingham’s Science Park.
The team worked together with Perfect Circle, a property, construction and infrastructure consultancy compromising of Pick Everard, Gleeds and AECOM. Construction of the new building has been part funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The project includes a café, an 80-space car park and a conference space, allowing companies to host conferences and events whilst creating a central hub for networking across the entire site.
Stuart Kerr, operations director for Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, said:
“We are really proud to have helped deliver this important scheme for Nottingham and Nottingham City Council, which will really shape the city centre and create a hub for research and development.
During the project, we teamed up with social enterprise Think Big Academy to deliver a careers event on the live construction site, this attracted 100 young people and resulted in over 20 work experience enquiries. We also created jobs for an additional six local people on the scheme, alongside having seven apprentices on the site while also providing work experience opportunities for students of Nottingham College.
The project has also boosted the local economy with 100% of contractual spend being within 40 miles of the site and 640 hours of our peoples’ time donated to support local causes.”
Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham has long been a city of scientific innovation with the MRI, ibuprofen and the legacy of Jesse Boot. Expanding our reputable Science Park supports our ambitions to continue to be a city of innovation and creativity.
Providing more Grade A office space is a long held ambition of the city to meet the demands of potential tenants and so far it looks as though there’s been good interest in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building, given its proximity to the Boots Enterprise Zone, University of Nottingham, the tram, the M1 and the city centre.
As a Science City, we know scientific research and new innovations like fintech can create jobs, stimulate growth and keep talented graduates in the city and we are committed to this with our £2bn Southside regeneration programme.”
Richard Flisher, managing director at CMPG, said:
“We are really proud to have been working on such a prominent scheme on behalf of the council. Nottingham has a fantastic science history and we’re very happy to contribute to the next chapter of that history, and to the changing face of Nottingham’s built environment. It’s especially encouraging to see large-scale projects such as this having a positive impact through community engagement work, and we are delighted to have been able to assist Willmott Dixon.