The Discovery Building is BioCity’s first purpose-built space for laboratories and offices, which will support more than 700 new bioscience jobs over the next 30 years.
Built in 2017, this £30m building, based on Lower Parliament Street has helped to keep one of Nottingham’s most successful drug discovery companies in the city. BioCity needed to find space for Sygnature Discovery, the UK's largest independent provider of integrated drug discovery resource and expertise, which had outgrown its existing space. The five-storey bioscience hub is now home in part to Sygnature, which has created more than 180 jobs since it was founded in Nottingham by Dr Simon Hirst with just five scientists 12 years ago. With the creation of Discovery, BioCity is expected to draw the best life science start-us from around the UK.
Discovery is illuminated by a sculpture that uses live activity from the surface of the sun. Designed by Wolfgang Buttress, the artwork - named "Corona", meaning a coloured halo or electrical glow - lights up at day and night, and has transformed the view for people travelling in and out from the southern entrance to the city. It also acts as an energy-efficient sunscreen for the five-storey structure.
This development in the bioscience sector has been supported by Nottingham’s economic Growth Plan, which identifies life sciences as a high growth sector; life sciences and healthcare sectors currently account for 55,000 jobs across 1,400 firms in the Nottingham city region. This success is attributed in part to the success of BioCity, which was identified as one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies in the Financial Times FT 1000 report 2017. Nottingham is also home to leading international brands such as Alliance Boots and Reckitt Benckiser.
The scheme’s architect is prominent Nottingham practice CPMG who, along with developer Willmott Dixon, have created a striking building that provides the city's bioscience cluster with a public face.
It is extremely positive news for Nottingham's progress, being able to open 50,000 sq ft of new lab space, as well as having a unique display of what scientific discovery can create from renowned artist Wolfgang Buttress.
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