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Bicycle wheel-shaped business hub planned for Nottingham | 14 January 2015

A new £5.2 million business hub shaped like a bicycle wheel has been proposed for Nottingham.

Designed as a nod to the legendary Raleigh factory which once occupied the site, this new hub on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus could create hundreds of new jobs in the city.

The proposal has been submitted to Nottingham City Council by the university with a view to it being complete and fully operational by 2016, if all goes to plan. The new Technology Entrepreneurship Centre outlined as part of the plans will open up space for 50 businesses on the already successful Innovation Park.

Currently home to more than 40 companies, the situation is ideal for businesses wanting to capitalise on the proximity to Nottingham University – as well as all the support it would offer. The new centre will have space for student enterprises and other start-ups, creating 200 new jobs initially, notes nottinghampost.com.  This could increase to another 150 by 2019, once companies occupying the site have developed.

Plans for the building have already generated interest from across the architecture community, amid reports it would include a circular outer-ring of offices covered in an aluminium casing designed to look like a giant bicycle tyre.

Nottingham City Council portfolio holder for jobs and growth Nick McDonald says: “This is an excellent illustration of why our universities are so important to Nottingham’s economy, not just in delivering higher education and skills but in helping to drive entrepreneurism, job creation and growth in key areas such as the technology sector.”

Already leading the way with state-of-the-art architecture on its campus, the new design created by Bond Bryan Architects will draw on the area’s heritage. The Raleigh factory, famous for the Chopper bikes, was situated on Triumph Road until its doors finally closed in 2002, notes bbc.co.uk. The university has occupied the site ever since, developing the modern Jubilee Campus into its current 65 acres.

The University’s director of business and innovation, Mike Carr, said: “The architects came up with the circular design as a link to the past, the past of Raleigh, the wheel, the bike.

“In the centre of that will be a hub and that will be supporting businesses to grow as part of Nottingham’s ambitions.”

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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