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G F Tomlinson builds medical facility for Nottingham Trent University


UK-based construction company G F Tomlinson has completed the construction of Medical Technologies Innovation Facility (MTIF), a new dual-site facility for Nottingham Trent University (NTU).

MTIF, designed to serve as a research site for medical devices and technology, has been built across two sites: one at the Boots site of the Nottingham Enterprise Zone and the other at the university’s Clifton Campus.

The facility is expected to help NTU researchers innovate and collaborate with organisations and clinicians in order to quickly launch new ideas to market.

G F Tomlinson served as the main contractor for the site at the Boots Nottingham Enterprise Zone. This site is dedicated to the development, clinical production and commercialisation of new medical technologies and features laboratories and clean rooms.

The 1,687.4m² Boots Enterprise Zone site is intended to provide access to technologies and expertise for processing, prototype development and preparing manufacturing processes. It has been designed and built as per the BREEAM Very Good standard, with the clean rooms built to an ISO 6 standard.

The site at the Clifton Campus will mainly focus on the research and development of medical technologies.

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SITES Medical and Mach Medical open newly designed headquarters

SITES Medical and Mach Medical have opened a new advanced manufacturing headquarters in Columbia City, Indiana, US, designed by architectural, engineering and interior design firm Design Collaborative.

The new 36,000ft² facility has been designed with a focus on innovation, collaboration, and efficiency within supply chain delivery and enables cross-collaboration between the parent and sister entities.

With an emphasis on connectivity in a modern industrial environment, it also blurs the lines between office and manufacturing.

Following a recent acquisition behind them, both entities decided to connect in a new location that supported a culture of innovation and collaboration in a space that encourages adaptability.


KBS concludes renovation of Granite Tower Class A office building in US

KBS has finished a series of renovations to Granite Tower in Downtown Denver, Colorado, US.

Built in 1984 as part of a four-tower block and formerly known as Stellar Plaza and Plaza Tower, Granite Tower is a 31-storey Class A office building owned by KBS REIT II. It covers two city blocks and features 593,527ft² of office space.

The renovations were aimed at activating the building’s street-level space to enhance interaction with the local community in Downtown Denver. It included the addition of a range of indoor, as well as outdoor, amenities to improve the experience of the tenants.

The company partnered with architecture, engineering, planning and interiors firm DLR Group and architectural company Alan Colussy Architecture for the renovation.


Pennsylvania’s Alvernia University to begin CollegeTowne renovation project

Pennsylvania’s Alvernia University has started the $20m renovation and retrofitting project at its new downtown Reading location at 401 Penn Street in the US.

Being developed in partnership with RLPS Architects and Warfel Construction, the ground-breaking ceremony for the project has been held recently and the renovation works are set to begin soon.

The redesigned ground floor will house a community gathering place and lounge area, as well as space for the university’s business and communication programmes. In addition, the floor will host the O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship’s student-powered business incubator, which is being used by 50 local businesses.

The lower level renovations consist of a collaborative student gathering space, general-purpose classrooms, spaces for the university’s e-sports team and labs for three new engineering programmes. The fourth and fifth floors will be retrofitted for student housing, with initial designs to accommodate 66 students. The build outs are available to house up to 200 students in the future.