Nottingham Trent University has unveiled their completed multi-million-pound science facility. The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Center, or ISTeC, is facility that is located at the University’s Clifton campus and will offer state-of-the-art facilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as other research scientists.
The new two-storey building has been designed to feature laboratories to be used for bioscience as well as computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, robotics, sport science and engineering. The newly built facility also has a specialist robot arena that can be used for the research of humanoid and other robots as well as testing suites for exercise, food and nutrition.
The M&E consultancy company, Couch Perry Wilkes has been acting as the lead designer of this project while also working as the mechanical and electrical engineering design consultants. Maber architects was appointed to design the building. The Science and Technology Centre constructed at Nottingham Trent University has been constructed in order to help students improve their practical skills while also helping to improve their knowledge of the workplace while working to bring together STEM subjects, that can lead to collaboration and learning in these different disciplines encouraged.
Nottingham Trent University have received £5 million in funding towards the costs of this building project from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. This funding has been granted in recognition of the importance of teaching and learning with in STEM subjects. These new facilities are an important development for the University’s school of Science and Technology as it will supply state of the art facilities to help with project based learning in order to help to excite and challenge students in order to better prepare them for jobs in science and technology.
The newly constructed building has been officially opened by Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, the former chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive. Dame Judith is also the current chair of the Engineering Employers Federation.