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Major Bioscience Development Phase for Island Quarter
Jan 18 2023
A new bioscience facility, announced for Nottingham’s Island Quarter, featuring more than 245,000 sq ft of high quality, research and laboratory space, is set to provide incubator space for new and growing companies in the city region where more than 200 bioscience companies are already established.
Plans submitted to the City Council in December last year, comprise of a five storey east building and a seven storey west building, which will be connected by a glazed link at upper levels, to provide a mixture of laboratory, office and meeting spaces.
Set on the northern edge of the 36 acre plot, the external landscaping is intended to echo the vision for the overall site, including rainwater gardens, medicinal planting and an ecology-focused street linking the facility with the rest of The Island Quarter. Raised planters made with natural stone paving blocks in the style of those found in the heritage buildings reflect the location’s past with its future.
Developed in collaboration with the planning authority the proposal, also including construction of a student accommodation block due for completion in Summer 2024, is part of a wider masterplan to regenerate Nottingham’s Southside, a project which is the subject of ongoing community engagement.
Christopher Ware, property director at site developers Conygar, said: “Nottingham has a world-renowned reputation as a leading city for innovation, and that is never more the case than in the field of biosciences. Bringing forward this phase of the development will create vital research space for some of the city’s most innovative businesses, and further grow its standing in the bioscience sector.”
Richard Watson of The Island Quarter project delivery team said: “This latest phase is another significant step forward for the regeneration of The Island Quarter, bringing the potential for hundreds of new jobs and increasing the footfall across the wider site. With 1 The Island Quarter now fully open for business and the student accommodation set to be ready for the 2024/25 intake, it’s a truly exciting time not just for the project, but for the city as a whole.”
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