Nottingham Trent University unveils £11 million science facility

A BRAND new multi-million pound science facility has been unveiled at Nottingham Trent University.

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre (ISTeC), which is located at the University’s Clifton campus, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as research scientists.

The new two-storey building includes laboratories for bioscience, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, robotics, sport science and engineering – and a specialist robot arena, for researching humanoid and other robots as well as testing suites for exercise, food and nutrition.

Nottingham-based M&E consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes acted as lead designers for the project as well as the mechanical and electrical engineering design consultants. The building was designed by Maber architects.

Director Craig Waldron said: “Not only will the ISTeC building provide the highest quality teaching and learning spaces for NTU’s staff, students and researchers, but it will also encourage collaboration and working as a team by bringing together a range of different disciplines.

“We were very pleased to work alongside NTU and the other project partners to deliver what really is a fantastic facility for the university – particularly as it is located right on our doorstep.”

The ISTeC building is designed to enable students to increase their practical skills and knowledge for the workplace, bringing together STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects to encourage collaboration and learning.

Nottingham Trent University received £5 million in funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in recognition of its importance in its teaching and learning in STEM.

Professor Mary O’Neill, the Dean of Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology, said: “This is an important development for Nottingham Trent University to integrate state-of-the-art facilities with project-based learning, so that we can continue to excite and challenge students and better prepare them for jobs in science and technology.”

The building was officially opened by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive and current chair of the Engineering Employers Federation.