A development at Nottingham Trent University has been completed which has led to the creation of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre. This development was designed by Maber Architects, and the M&E consultants Couch Perry Wilkes were selected to work on the project as the lead designers for the project as well as the mechanical and electrical engineering design consultants. The building has been opened officially by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE who is the current chair of the Engineering Employers Federation and the former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England awarded £5 million into the development of the new Science and Technology Centre as a part of their recognition of the University’s focus on the importance of teaching and learning in the STEM sectors. It is great to see Universities investing in their Science and technology departments as well as wider STEM teaching as a drive takes place to encourage more young people, especially women and girls, to consider careers in this area.
The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Centre has state of the art facilities to be utilised by undergraduates as well as postgraduate and research scientists. These facilities includes laboratories for bioscience, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, robotics, sport science and engineering. The new building has a robot arena that can be used for humanoids and other robots as well as testing suites for exercise, food and nutrition.
This new development has been finished to the highest quality and will offer teaching and learning spaces to be used by all of Nottingham Trent University’s staff students and researchers. The Centre has also been created in order to offer an opportunity for students to increase their practical skills and knowledge for the workplace while also looking to bring together STEM subjects in order to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and learning.