Illumination and Innovation at Nottingham BioCity

As a key stakeholder, Morgan Tucker’s Principal Engineer, Chris Evans, was invited by Nottingham City Council to join around 40 other guests at the much anticipated light switch-on event for the Nottingham BioCity Discovery building.

The exciting event saw the innovative £30m development go up in lights, ahead of its official opening during April. Set to become a local landmark, the unique building is adorned by the ‘Corona’, a light sculpture designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress using scientific research conducted by Dr Martin Bencsik from Nottingham Trent University. The sculpture is linked up to two NASA satellites, transforming in real time to mimic the solar flare activity on the surface of the sun.

With life sciences a fast growing sector in the area, the new five-storey building will help strengthen Nottingham’s position by providing high-quality bio-science research laboratory space, as well as office areas on the upper floors and conference and meeting facilities on the ground level.

Morgan Tucker carried out the structural and civil design engineering, flood risk assessments, along with transport assessments on the project. The structure is a multi-storey framed building, with flat slat floors, supported on concrete columns, with stability provided by in situ concrete lift shafts and staircase cores and frames. The lower wrap around single storey elements at ground floor have been constructed in concrete with a concrete roof and cladding. Cladding is then supported on a lightweight steel framed system that is tied back to the main concrete frame.  In addition, a steel structure has been designed to form plant enclosures and parapet screens at roof level.

Chris Evans, Principal Engineer at Morgan Tucker, commented:

“Having been involved extensively throughout the development and construction of BioCity, it was an honour to be invited to attend the official switch-on – which clearly demonstrated everyone’s hard work coming together.

“This unique building is an exciting addition to the city and is already generating a great deal of attention, people can’t help but stop and look.  I’m looking forward to seeing the number of opportunities the BioCity building will bring to the community, as well as watching it light up the city for many years to come.”