International Digital Laboratory
The IDL sits opposite the Manufacturing Centre (we completed in 1993) and adjacent the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (we completed in 2012). The WMG works here with a number of partners enabling strategic change in industry, service and healthcare sectors.
The building is required to act as a showcase for the innovative research taking place within. Openness and transparency is important in showing off the activities to visitors and investors, whilst in contrast a level of security for research data needs to be maintained.
As the future of digital technologies is unknown, the IDL is designed to achieve maximum flexibility of internal spaces to allow for changing patterns in research. The first floor concourse acts as a gallery for the many activities taking place within the building, as well as allowing staff, students and visitors to gather, work and relax in informal meeting areas.
The IDL is a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ building, despite being on a green-field site.