News release

14th April 2011

An engineering consultancy firm based in Nottingham has been appointed to work on a circa £7 million project to construct a permanent home for the Institute of Mental Health (IMH).

Waldeck, which has seven offices throughout the east of England and South Yorkshire, including one on Clarendon Street in Nottingham, is working on the project alongside international architecture firm Benoy.  

The four-storey building on the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus will incorporate a mixture of office and teaching space, bringing all IMH staff groups together.

It is hoped the building, which is being funded by the University of Nottingham, will be complete by April 2012.

Waldeck is responsible for the design and detailing of the structural and civil engineering element of the scheme which includes the steel framework, foundations, drainage and rainwater attenuation systems.

Associate Director Dan Wright explained: “This will certainly be a visually striking building. The team at Benoy have incorporated glazed terracotta panels into the design to provide continuity with the surrounding architecture.

“The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate the TermoDeck® flooring system which uses the thermal storage capacity of the building’s structural mass to regulate the internal temperatures and will be BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent rated.

“This project has given us one or two challenges,” added Dan, “owing to the high levels of glazing and the use of SIPS panels to the building elevations and in designing the razor-edged roof profile.

“It is also one of potentially four buildings currently that could be constructed on the campus in close proximity to one another which will require a lot of careful construction planning.”

Richard Wigginton, Capital Projects Officer, from the University of Nottingham added: “We are pleased to be working with Waldeck and Benoy on this very exciting project.

“The commitment to the construction of the bespoke new accommodation signals the strength of partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust as the co-founders of the Institute of Mental Health.”

The new building will also house the CLAHRC-NDL (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire), the Mental Health Research Network East Midlands Hub plus South Yorkshire, and the East Midlands Leadership Academy.

Work on site is expected to commence in May 2011.

About Waldeck

  • Waldeck was founded in 1995 by Paul Waldeck and has offices in Sleaford, Lincoln, Hull, Peterborough, Northampton, Nottingham and Sheffield.
  • Waldeck has worked in a wide range of sectors including social and private housing, care homes, education, energy, sport and leisure, pharmaceuticals, food processing and distribution, retail and commercial, MOD, conservation and historic buildings and automotive.
  • Its services include structural engineering, civil engineering, sustainable design, Code for Sustainable Homes assessments, pre-planning and pre-acquisition, flood risk assessments, drainage design, transport planning, alternative bid design, construction supervision, BREEAM assessments, ground modelling, structural surveying, energy assessments and precast concrete.

About the Institute of Mental Health

  • The Institute of Mental Health was launched in 2006 to help transform people’s understanding and treatment of mental illness. It is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and the University of Nottingham and is one of the leading mental health institutes in the UK.

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