At the end of 2014, it was reported that Nottingham City Council gave the go-ahead for a new life science incubator to be built on the brownfield land close to BioCity, in Pennyfoot Street. Plans for this bioscience facility have indicated that the five-storey, 50,000 sq ft building will be located next to the BioCity complex, creating up to 200 job opportunities.
Construction, which is anticipated to begin in Spring this year, will be developed by Nottingham City Council with £6.5m funding from the Local Growth Fund which has been allocated to expand bioscience facilities in Nottingham city centre.
Home of Ibuprofen, the MRI scanner and Boots chemist headquarters, Nottingham is a city known for its scientific prowess, which is why this building will feature several state-of-the-art biology and chemistry laboratories to develop expertise in this sector.
For the initial designs of the facility, the project used local business Willmott Dixon who focus on sustainable development for the community, while also calling upon the expertise of local Nottingham practice CPMG Architects for the architectural aspects of the scheme. To further utilise the skills of local businesses, these companies have worked in partnership with a local artist to create a large scale piece of artwork to celebrate the importance of science in Nottingham. Together, these teams will transform the derelict brownfield land with the construction of a striking building which will house some of the top bioscience firms and, in turn, will accelerate economic growth.
By making approximately 200 new job positions available, this project is part of the Local Growth Deal announced by the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) in July last year. This will see an investment of £174.4m to support and encourage economic growth across the D2N2 region over the next six years, as it has been identified that the life sciences and healthcare are high growth sectors in Nottingham’s economic Growth Plan.
With regards to the availability of hundreds of new job positions and aims for a boost in economic growth within the city, Councillor Nick McDonald, portfolio holder for jobs and growth at the city council, said: “We are delighted to see a significant amount of Local Growth Fund investment being made in Nottingham to help our local economy to grow.
“As we progress plans for the design of the building, we now need local businesses to work with us to make sure the facilities developed are able to meet the specific needs of our growing bioscience industry.”
Construction consultancy company Gleeds have been appointed as project and cost manager for the project to ensure operations run smoothly. Anthony Cork, director for Gleeds in Nottingham, said: “We’re delighted the scheme got the green light from the planning committee, and that Nottingham is a step closer to securing another development that will encourage business and investment into the city.”
In terms of planning, there are strict procedures and guidelines in place when building on brownfield land. Such sites will have previously been used for commercial or industrial purposes, and so may be contaminated by hazardous waste or pollution which must be thoroughly removed before the land is reused.
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