BioCity Nottingham was made possible by a huge donation of laboratory and office buildings and equipment from BASF to Nottingham Trent University in what is believed to be the largest ever corporate donation to a new university.
BioCity is a success story of partnership and co-operation and is the result of an effective collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, The University of Nottingham and the East Midlands Development Agency.
It is one of Europe’s largest bioscience sites, occupying 129,000 sq ft and home to 60 companies and nearly 500 employees.
The purpose of BioCity Nottingham is to provide a home for developing biotechnology and healthcare companies, with accommodation that is able to respond to a company’s requirements by offering small highly flexible laboratory and office units, and grow-on space.
In order to meet their target market requirements, and to provide this flexibility of both laboratory and office space, it was necessary that a major overhaul of their existing data and voice communications infrastructure was required.
As part of a major internal refurbishment program to all office and laboratory areas carried out by Bowmer & Kirkland, Digitech were appointed to provide a phased – floor by floor infrastructure installation in line with the main contractors schedule of works.
Communication services to some 300 tenants had to be maintained and therefore any new systems had to reside temporarily with the old.
New communications rooms were created on each of the seven floors, and these were used to provide the termination rooms for any new cable infrastructures. As each floor underwent a refurbishment, new data and voice services were introduced & the respective floor was then re-patched into new active systems ready for occupancy.
Over a phased 42 week program, the entire seven occupied floors had been entirely refitted out with new laboratory, office and infrastructures services.
The newly installed communications architecture consists of a Hellerman Tyton structured wired voice and data service for 2100 users connection points distributed over seven floors together with interbuilding fibre optic links to outlying Laurus and Stewart Adams Buildings.
- Location: Nottingham
- Sector: Corporate
- Project Value: £178,000