NWRSP Innovation Centre


Client: Catalyst

Completion: August 2014

Value: £6.5m

Project Summary

The North West Regional Science Park Innovation Centre is the first project in a planned new business district in Londonderry focused on new “start-up” companies. The building is a steel frame structure clad externally in stone and insulated aluminium panels, giving a gross floor area of 4,850m2 (52,200 sqft).  Being the first building in the Fort George master plan the NWRSP had to set a high standard for design and quality of materials. The completed project achieved this objective and has been widely acclaimed as an exemplar model of a high quality Innovation Centre design and delivered within an affordable budget. This was recognised in 2015 when the project was awarded the CEF Achieving Excellence in Construction Award – Commercial Sector. Key features include:

  • Highly serviced open-plan office space for IT based companies. The M&E services and computer access flooring allow for a very flexible layout, giving tenants a range of options regarding the amount of their lettable space.
  • Only one internal line of columns has been provided to ensure maximum flexibility
  • A typical fit-out comprised lightweight metal stud partitioning and glass office partitions. This allows simple and quick re-configurations in the future as usage evolves


The North West Regional Science Park Innovation Centre has had a significant positive impact on the communities of Derry. It has attracted dynamic young start-up companies to the project and increased job opportunities for the local community. Located on a large reclaimed brownfield site the local infrastructure has been designed to support significant expansion of the planned business park. McAdams are currently working on Phases 2 and 3 of this expansion such has been the initial success of the project

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