The Innovation Centre, at the Kent Medical Campus in Maidstone, aims to bring together start-up and incubator business from the sector. Our proposal includes the creation of a new four-storey office block, comprising collaboration space, hot desking, meeting and conference space. The building form and layout are a response to the brief, context and the priciples of the masterplan.
The design aims to create an economic and flexible solution that will, nevertheless create a distinctive, high-quality addition to the campus which reflects the importance of the new facility. The design also seeks to encourage collaboration and cross-fertilization through the extensive use of internal glazing, meeting pods and social hubs on all floors. Clad in a distinctive perforated screen, local ragstone and a living green wall, it aims to minimise running costs to support the economic sustainability of the centre as well as reducing its impact on the environment.
The existing building is to be fully refurbished with the operational accommodation and appliance bays being retained at ground floor level.
Factory 2050 is the UK’s first fully reconfigurable assembly and component manufacturing facility for collaborative research.