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Designed for Leicester City Council, the building provides a range of workspaces for science and technology start ups and a set of communal spaces to promote interaction and the sharing of knowledge.
The choice of materials and bold expression of dynamic forms was developed to reflect the nature of the hi-tech business tenants that LCC hoped to attract.
A palette of cool metallic surfaces paired with warm timber accents creates a sophisticated atmosphere.
DOCK is part of Leicester City Council’s vision to promote science and technology business in the city. The brief was to create a building in which science and technology start-ups could become established, grow and collaborate.
This meant a designing a flexible building to meet the multifarious needs of different business; which could be as diverse as software design and light industrial manufacturing.
The site was a former industrial plot on the Abbey Meadows regeneration area. DOCK is proving to be a catalyst to further development of the park.
Two blocks containing the workspaces are set at an angle to each other around central circulation. One of the two blocks is blue-brick clad (echoing the industrial past) and one zinc clad (expressing a hi-tech future).
Willmott Dixon Construction
Leicester City Council
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