Willmott Dixon | BioCity Discovery Facility

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The Challenge

In 2015 BioCity Nottingham were given the go ahead by Nottingham City Council to start working on their new ‘Discovery’ facility, a £30 million life science building that would be adjacent to the current Nottingham BioCity site. The facility would provide work for hundreds of new specialist jobs and cement Nottingham’s position as a leader in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industries. The BioCity Discovery facility would also host UK artist Wolfgang Buttress’s ‘Corona’ installation- a light sculpture which would use solar data from NASA to display shifting light patterns on the Western and South-Western faces of the new facility.

Assigned as the main contractor to see the facility through to completion was Willmott Dixon, who contracted us to film and document their construction work on the project.

Our Approach

We held multiple early consultations with Willmott Dixon to understand what kind of coverage they required for the project, along with any limitations that we would encounter in documenting it, such as site access or potential safety hazards. With the finished BioCity Discovery facility projected to be 50,000 sq ft, it was vital that we provided dynamic solutions to capture Willmott Dixon’s construction work from a variety of angles, to show the scale of the project that they were undertaking.

We opted to install a durable time lapse system on the roof of one of the already existing adjacent BioCity facilities for the full duration of the project, which was elevated high enough that it was able to provide Willmott Dixon with a complete view of the construction site. This was accompanied by another time lapse system which was installed at the front of the construction site, which we used to capture some of the key construction processes in more detail. We then supplemented this with several on the ground filming days, which we worked with Willmott Dixon to organise, ensuring that we were as flexible as possible in order to fit their busy construction schedule.

The Results

During the project we provided Willmott Dixon with a unique client login, which allowed them to view time lapse footage from any previous time period during the project and enabled them to view a live feed of the project. We also produced preliminary films for them which captured key milestones in the construction process, such as the installation of Wolfgang Buttress’s ‘Corona’. Upon the project’s completion we provided them with a final production which showed the entirety of the construction process and showcased the newly completed BioCity Discovery facility.

This project served as part of our continued success working with Willmott Dixon, as it was one of many that we had been commissioned by them to document. We look forward to filming more of their innovative construction projects in the future. For more information about the Discovery building click here.

“Inside Out Group worked with Willmott Dixon on the new Discovery building in Nottingham. Their commitment, service and quality of work was exemplary and I wouldn’t hesitate in using again and recommending Donna and her team.”
Paul Smith – Construction Manager at Willmott Dixon



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