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Willmott Dixon | 3:25
UK contractor Willmott Dixon has completed a biotech laboratory on the site of a former Boots R&D centre in Nottingham, the construction of which can be seen in this video.
Above: BioCity in Nottingham is the latest project supporting the city's burgeoning medical and life sciences industry (image courtesy of Willmott Dixon).
Called "BioCity Discovery", the building is notable for combining sophisticated laboratory facilities - including nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometers, rotary evaporators and centrifuges no less - with a co-working environment suited for life sciences and medical start-ups.
Above: The facility combines extensive laboratory facilities, with co-working spaces such as break-out areas and meeting facilities, below (images courtesy of BioCity).
The £27 million project began in April 2015 and took less than two years to complete.
The building offers up to 700 workplaces, providing 50,000 square feet of flexible offices, meeting facilities and lab space, which occupants can rent by the hour.
Supporting the local economy, Willmott Dixon spent 83% of the project's budget and hired 76% of labour within 20 miles of the site. The project was completed on time and within budget.
Above: The aim of the new BioCity is to facilitate life sciences and medical start-ups with flexible space in which they can grow ( image courtesy of BioCity). Below: BioCity Discovery building in Nottingham was completed on time and within budget ( image courtesy of Willmott Dixon).
BioCity Discovery is seen as a prestigious new facility that will help retain young talent across the greater Nottingham area.
It is estimated that some 55,000 people in the region work in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.