Having undertaken a feasibility study for Nottingham Regeneration Ltd, Studio Egret West were retained as the masterplanners and architects to gain outline planning permission for a life science community opposite the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.
The aim is to attract leading companies from around the world to the nine-acre site so it can become an important element in Nottingham’s strategy to develop science as a key part of its economy. Our evolving concept for the MediPark is based on stem cells, a physical representation of the regenerative medicine occurring inside. Each phase includes three buildings with inter-connected arms, providing space for a mix of private research, medical, collaborative work and laboratories.
We are proposing a system of leaf shaped buildings, clustered together in threes to form the equivalent of a cloverleaf. The three receptions all face onto a plateau level. The car parking would be naturally ventilated, sitting behind gently undulating banks that define a curvaceous tow path to the River Leen and generous pavements towards the existing community. The buildings sit on top of these small hills, like castles do in relation to motte and baileys. In terms of accommodation, the two wings per building leads to a floor plate of 1500m allowing the stem cell to deliver a single or a collection of medium sized business or a multi-let business incubator/innovation centre with a shared ground floor offering reception, cafe, meeting seminar space and support services such as healthy volunteer facilities.