Highfields Science Park

Awards Won: RIBA Award 2009, RIBA Education Architect of the Year Award 2009, RIBA LSC Further Education Design Excellence Award 2009

Highfields Science Park

Key Facts

Year Completed



Hawkins Brown





Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating


BWB Consulting was appointed by Blueprint, a public/private sector JV regeneration company, to apply our full range of multi-disciplinary services to the challenging task of helping to secure planning consent for an innovative and sustainable Science Park development. Despite its excellent strategic location, next to Nottingham University and an existing Science Park, the site was widely regarded as 'undevelopable' because of its previous use as a landfill site, challenging access, drainage, flood defence and foundation constraints.

Following the successful granting of Planning Permission, BWB's key role in securing planning was recognised by the appointed contractor, Morgan Sindall, and we were retained by them to develop the detailed design in accordance with Blueprint's Sustainable Investment Policy.

Key Challenges

By considering potential solutions in an integrated manner and across a range of disciplines, we were able to develop innovative and cost effective solutions to the constraints affecting the site. Our solutions were not limited to existing constraints, but also accommodated future proposals such as the construction of Line 2 of the Nottingham Express Transit. The Automotive Centre was a genuine fast-track project as a result of its late inclusion in this particular phase of the Science Park development. BWB's intimate knowledge of the site was key to delivery of a successful project, on time and to budget.

BWB strongly believes in the team approach and one of the key successes for the project was ability of the design and construction team to work very close from the outset to translate design concepts into construction level drawings that integrated architecture, building services and structural design with real regard for buildability and value engineering.

BWB Key Contacts

Colin Langford
Colin Langford
Executive Director
Highfields Science Park

Highfields Science Park

Highfields Science Park

Highfields Science Park