The head of Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) says its Bright Building will be one of the most technology enabled buildings in Europe.
Thomas Renn made the claim at MIPIM where he announced a new name for the science park’s latest addition, due to open in May.
According to Renn, the name ‘Bright Building’ was chosen to “reflect the building’s status as an incubator of bright ideas” and a “natural home for people working in the growth sectors of tomorrow”.
MSP says the 70,000 sq ft Bright Building will be the nerve centre of digital innovation in the North West, the HQ of CityVerve, the UK’s Internet of Things city demonstrator, and Mi-IDEA, a post accelerator and open innovation centre for fast-growth technology businesses operated in partnership with Cisco.
Speaking yesterday (16 March) at MIPIM , Renn, managing director of MSP, said: “It features best of breed, interoperable technologies such as hyper-location services that give a real-time overview of building use and environmental sensors.
“A ‘digital ceiling’ will provide a next generation lighting solution bringing together lighting, building automation and sensor technologies to make the building smarter, lower cost, and will significantly change the way companies interact with their customers and employees.
“We want this new building to be the heart of Manchester Science Park. Our goal is to create inspiring and open places where people can come together, share ideas, develop commercial applications for ground-breaking R&D and grow successful businesses.”
Qualifying businesses moving to the Bright Building before 31 March 2021 may be eligible for a total of £275,000 in business rates relief over a period of five years.