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Trio win hi-tech science park prize

Studio Egret West, Hawkins-Brown and Grant Associates have won a competition to design the second phase of a major science park in Nottingham.

The team saw off 46 other entries to land the flagship project for the recently formed regeneration partnership Blueprint.

The scheme will create accommodation for 'hi-tech businesses' on the 5ha Nottingham Science and Technology Park site next to the city's university.

Part of the Nottingham Cities strategic plan, the project will initially deliver 3,500m 2of space, available for occupation by 2008.

The winning design features a series of two-storey 'contemporary structures' set within an 'organic environment'.

A walkway between the university campus and the Dunkirk Pond nature reserve will take pedestrians over a series of wooden 'lily pads' and it is hoped the surrounding parkland will be opened up for recreational and educational use.

'We are delighted to be given this opportunity to be part of the delivery of a project that has put sustainable design firmly at the top of its agenda,' said architect Christophe Egret of Studio Egret West and former director of Alsop Architects.

'It is Blueprint's first project and we intend to create a benchmark of the highest quality.'

He added: 'We hope that our design will make a lasting imprint in the East Midlands as well as contributing to the creative side of science.'

by Richard Waite

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