This central Midlands site formed part of an ERDF/UK funded scheme to create a network of ‘knowledge hubs’ providing supported office and learning space for start-up businesses and PHD student research from neighboring Universities, in key UK industries. The name iCon refers to the Innovation Centre for the Construction Industry.
This project was awarded after an open international RIBA sponsored competition to create a low carbon, highly sustainable building for small companies and conferences within a master plan development at the edge of Daventry. The masterplan envisaged the relocated University of Northampton, new employment land and the reinstatement of the Birmingham Canal, which had been drained. One of over 80 anonymous entries we were successfully selected and completed the project within budget to enable Northampton University to operate the Centre. The project won the Regional BCO Award for best Commercial building.View case study