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Derby Innovation Centre (iHub)

This sculpture by Chris Brammall was designed and conceived as part of Derby’s £11.8 million Innovation Centre partnership with hi-tech engineering firms and academic experts. It offers innovation and mentoring support to aerospace, automotive and transport industries and is a significant move towards demonstrating the region’s position as the UK’s centre for transport engineering.

The unique two-blade 18.5m sculpture sits at the heart of Infinity Park and is inspired by Derby industries. It took seven months and a team of four people to complete, it is made from stainless steel, weighs 11 tons and is finished to a bright reflective polish.

"We believe the sculpture really captures the spirit of innovation and identifies with the work of planes, trains and auto-mobiles – which will be at the heart of the centre once complete. To have designed such a signature building with the eye-catching centre piece is something we’re really proud of." Andy Dowding, senior architect from Franklin Ellis Architects.

The Innovation Centre, funded by the Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and Derby City Council, was completed in autumn 2015.

Watch the project unfold with our fantastic time-lapse film on the Chris Brammall website.