Derby Innovation Centre (iHub)

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Derby Innovation Centre (iHub)

Derby’s £11.8 million Innovation Centre brings together hi-tech engineering firms and academic experts to offer innovation and mentoring support to aerospace, automotive and transport industries and is a significant move towards demonstrating the region’s position as the UK’s centre for transport engineering.

Chris Brammall was approached to design develop and manufacture a unique two-blade 18.5m sculpture which sits at the heart of Infinity Park.  The concept design - by Franklin Ellis Architects - is inspired by the industries based in Derby, notably Rolls Royce.

The sculpture took seven months and a team of four people to complete. "It’s been a pleasure and a challenge to deliver such a powerful design which represents the future of engineering for aviation, technology and manufacturing." comments Chris.  

"Engineering is the essence of what we do so when we were approached by G F Tomlinson to create the two twisting blade sculpture we were honoured to be part of this innovative project. It’s one of the biggest projects we have worked on; made from stainless steel and finished to a bright reflective polish it’s fantastic to see it on site and part of the Innovation Centre."

Andy Dowding, senior architect from Franklin Ellis Architects said he was delighted to see the designs created for Derby City Council being realised. "We believe the sculpture really captures the spirit of innovation and identifies with the work of planes, trains and automobiles – which will be at the heart of the centre once complete. To have designed such a signature building with the eye-catching centre piece is something we’re really proud of."

The Innovation Centre, funded by the Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and Derby City Council, was completed in autumn 2015.

Watch the project unfold with our fantastic time-lapse film. 

Fast Facts

Design Concept: Franklin Ellis Architects

Design Development: Chris Brammall

Materials: Structural steel internal frame with stainless steel ribs and a structural 8m stainless steel shell polished to a bright finish.

Dimensions: 18.5m high

Weight: 11 ton

Location: Derbyshire

(Photography by Jakt Photography)

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