19 Jun 2009 12:14:00.000
The University of Nottingham Innovation Park has welcomed prestigious new residents to its award-winning Sir Colin Campbell Building.
This dramatic building, set in a 12-acre site adjacent to the University’s Jubilee Campus, is now home to the East Midlands regional offices for Ordnance Survey and the Institution of Civil Engineers. By providing a bridge between the campus and the Innovation Park, the Sir Colin Campbell Building aims to encourage innovation and collaboration between academia, research and business.
As well as providing business accommodation units, high speed IT networks, meeting, conference and events facilities and on-site parking, the Sir Colin Campbell Building also hosts regular networking events in close proximity to leading UK researchers and their facilities, and access to a strong graduate and post-graduate talent pool as well as the University’s business development network.
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The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) East Midlands Regional Support team moved into the Sir Colin Campbell Building in the beginning of April and from its new offices will continue to provide a key point of contact for its members and regional committees.
ICE chose the Innovation Park to take advantage of additional meeting facilities, together with a larger space for more seminars and membership events on site. The ICE East Midlands has already hosted a Draft Floods and Water Bill breakfast meeting in March with very positive feedback from the 70 attendees. There are plans to use the new venue for more membership meetings and events over the course of the next half of the year.
ICE Regional Director Malcolm Jackson said: “The ICE East Midlands is entering a new and exciting phase in its development. We are pleased that we can benefit from the additional space that our landmark premises afford, and the close proximity to the University which continues to develop engineers of the future. The new office will be an opportunity to continue to build links with education and industry on behalf of our membership.”
Ordnance Survey moved onto the site at the end of March. The Sir Colin Campbell Building is now home to administrative staff and surveyors. From this base the surveyors use technology ranging from measuring tapes and line of sight to GPS equipment to measure changes to our landscape.
The facilities and location attracted the team to the Innovation Park — along with the promise of what’s to come.
Regional manager Brian Turton hopes to build relationships with researchers and businesses set to take up residence in the Nottingham Geospatial Building next door from October this year. The new building will focus on global navigation satellite systems, incorporating the GRACE project, offering research space and business incubation units.
“Global navigation satellite systems play a big part in what we do,” he said. “We’re a government operation and we have to offer value to the taxpayer. By building these business and research links we can keep track of the latest developments and make sure we continue to do that.”
Professor Chris Rudd, the University’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Knowledge Transfer, said: “We are delighted to welcome the first business tenants to the Sir Colin Campbell Building and University of Nottingham Innovation Park. The Innovation Park is a major development for the University and provides an extra dimension to our relationship with industry and business. Close proximity to the University provides a number of benefits to businesses, including high quality accommodation and services, access to our world leading research capability and a flow of highly skilled potential employees.
"The Innovation Park is a flagship development for the University and further reinforces the city's Science City credentials. We look forward to welcoming more businesses and future developments at the Innovation Park present further opportunities for innovation-led businesses looking to locate close to a world leading University. Already the Sir Colin Campbell Building is over half full and despite the economic conditions we are seeing strong demand for this high quality, prestigious, accommodation.”
For more information on the University of Nottingham Innovation Park contact Dan King or David Southall on 0115 951 3946, or visit www.nottingham.ac.uk/unip
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.
More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.
The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's "only truly global university", it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.