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Henry Brothers breaks ground on £9m Nottingham university project

Henry Brothers Midlands managing director Ian Taylor joins the sod-cutting part at NTU

SOUTH Derry building contractor Henry Brothers has broken ground on a new £9 million enterprise innovation centre at Nottingham Trent University.

It's the third project undertaken by the Magherafelt firm's Midlands division for the university – and the latest in a number of schemes completed in the higher education sector across the East Midlands.

The building will be the focal point of NTU’s enterprise activities – from supporting start-up companies to commercialising research, advising on intellectual property and offering services to local businesses.

The four-storey building will be linked to the university’s existing Dryden Centre at the City Campus in Nottingham and will provide the flexible space needed to accommodate entrepreneurs and businesses.

The group, which was started as Henry Brothers in 1976 and grew into a larger group in the 1990s after a series of acquisitions, has recently handed over a new £23m engineering facility at the Clifton Campus to NTU, and earlier this year started work on a new Medical Technologies Innovation Facility

which is also being built at the Clifton Campus.

Ian Taylor, managing director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “We are proud to support Nottingham Trent University – the Guardian University of the Year 2019 – as it continues to invest in, and develop and create, first class learning and supporting accommodation and facilities.

“This is our third construction project for the university, and we are delighted to have now broken ground at the site and started work on NTU’s latest development at its city campus.

“The enterprise innovation centre will have a positive impact not just at the university, but also on the wider economy of Nottingham and the East Midlands and it’s great to play a part in creating such a facility.”

Henry Brothers is working on thecentre with architect Evans Vettori, engineers Mott MacDonald, Edge as project manager, Robinson Low Francis as quantity surveyor, with Couch Perry Wilkes handling the M&E elements.

The centre is planned to open in late 2020 and has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Nottingham City Council.

Henry Brothers Midlands, based in Beeston, is part of The Henry Group, which comprises a number of manufacturing and construction sector companies, ranging from external construction through to interiors fit-out. It has a track record in education, defence, accommodation, commercial, industrial, transport and healthcare sectors.

Now in its fifth year of operation, Henry Brothers Midlands has an annual turnover of £35m, with a group turnover of £100m.

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