Place Projects - 10 March 2020

Grade A office scheme funded by D2N2 is ready to open its doors in Nottingham.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building will provide space for growing businesses seeking research and development facilities near like-minded organisations.

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building, named after Britain’s first female doctor, magistrate, and mayor, is set to open.

The £10.6m scheme, which has created 22,700 sq ft of grade A office space, was part-funded by a £4.9m contribution from D2N2’s Building Foundations for Growth allocation.

Based on the Nottingham Science Park, the building which was designed by CPMG Architects and delivered by contractor Willmott Dixon, and also includes a café, an 80-space car park, and conference facilities.

The opening of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building is just the latest in a line of D2N2 projects opening at the science park.

Earlier this month the pedestrian and cycle footbridge linking the Science park with the Boots campus was officially named the Dr Stewart Adams bridge, after the pioneering Nottingham scientist behind the development of Ibuprofen.

The footbridge was part-funded by D2N2 as part of wider investment sustainable infrastructure between both employment sites.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Building

Tom Goshawk, Head of Capital Programmes for D2N2 said: “Science and innovation are among the priority sectors for the D2N2 area, so it is good to see this new facility reach completion, ready to provide businesses at the Science Park with a focal point to create more opportunities to network and collaborate.”

Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham has long been a city of scientific innovation with the MRI, ibuprofen and the legacy of Jesse Boot and expanding our reputable Science Park supports our ambitions to continue to be a city of innovation and creativity.

“Providing more Grade A office space in the city is a long-held ambition of the city to meet the demands of potential tenants and so far it looks as though there’s been good interest in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building, given its proximity to the Boots Enterprise Zone, University of Nottingham, the tram, the M1 and the city centre.

Stuart Kerr, operations director for Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, said: “We are really proud to have helped deliver this important scheme for Nottingham and Nottingham City Council, which will really shape the city centre and create a hub for research and development. As with all our projects we aim to give back to the local community, making a difference to real people.

 “During the project, we teamed up with social enterprise Think Big Academy to deliver a careers event on the live construction site, this attracted 100 young people and resulted in over 20 work experience enquiries. We also created jobs for an additional six local people on the scheme, alongside having seven apprentices on the site while also providing work experience opportunities for students of Nottingham College.”

The first pre-lets were agreed at the building in December 2019.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a member of the suffragette movement. She completed a medical degree in Paris in 1870 and later founded a medical school for women.

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