Sygnature Discovery Building, BioCity, Nottingham
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
Nottingham is now home to a state-of-the-art, contemporary building for cutting edge bio-science and bio-chemistry research located close to the city centre. The project is a celebration of Nottingham’s rich bio-science history and creates a new gateway into the existing BioCity quarter, providing a fitting first node to the eastside regeneration development.
The flagship facility contains flexible research space, including a mixture of laboratories, incubator units, write-up spaces and offices. Additional areas for conference and meeting facilities, supporting the laboratory tenants, are provided on the ground floor.
The BioCity community and passers-by will benefit from a much-needed external amenity space which helps to establish links to the eastside of the city centre.
Sustainability was an integral consideration throughout the entire design process and the building has a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) ‘excellent’ rating, incorporating renewable technologies such as solar PV panels. Power and heating are provided by the district heating system and a solar screen, designed by local artist Wolfgang Buttress, is provided to control thermal gain and glare.