Ingenuity Centre
University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham Innovation Park Ingenuity Centre is on the Jubilee Campus, situated adjacent to the River Leen on a site historically occupied by the Raleigh bicycle factory. The three-storey circular building contains a mix of open-plan hot desk areas and private offices for technology start-up businesses, along with a café, seminar rooms, and an ‘idea space’ in the full-height central atrium. The atrium aids ventilation and reduces cooling loads.

The design also incorporates a distinctive steel and aluminium brise-soleil structure which wraps around the building exterior.

We were appointed by the Design & Build contractor post-tender to undertake value engineering to determine the possibility of reducing build costs. One of the changes we suggested was to redesign the originally proposed concrete frame as a steel framed structure, with composite floor slabs which saved significant cost and time on site.

The project uses sustainable technologies and is BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated.

Completed 2016.

Project Information


University of Nottingham


Core Architects




Martine Hamilton Knight