Nottingham Biocity Discovery Hub

The Project

This state-of-the-art life sciences facility is based in the heart of Nottingham’s creative quarter. It has been developed as a mixed-use science and business innovation hub. Nottingham has always had a close affiliation with science and development (particularly with pharmaceuticals) and the BioCity Discovery building represents the city’s continued growth and support within the science community.  

The main contractor for the construction of the five-storey building was Willmott Dixon and Sage were responsible for the roofing and cladding elements of the build. To the roof, we installed an inverted IKO PermaTec Hot melt roofing system topped with paving slabs. 

To the walls we installed a Dekton ceramic cladding system fixed by helping hand brackets, Kinspan composite cladding to inside parapet walls, a Vantage SF Anodised interlocking rainscreen system with a support grid which was also designed and installed by Sage; and the VM Zinc Rainscreen system. 

Project Details


Nottingham Biocity Discovery Hub


IKO Permatec hot melt, Sika-Sarnafil single ply and Kingspan roofing, anodised aluminium, VM Zinc Rainscreen, and Dekton ceramic rainscreen. 


Willmott Dixon Construction




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