National Horizons Centre Photo ©John Kees

The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is a state-of-the-art, £22m UK centre of excellence for the bioscience industry run by Teeside University. The research, teaching and training facility sits at the heart of a cluster of other centres of excellence on the university’s campus at Darlington’s Central Park, alongside the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the Centre for Professional and Executive Development.

National Horizons Centre Photo ©John Kees
Photo ©John Kees

NHC will support the Tees Valley region’s bioscience sector by driving STEM skills, delivering economic growth and partnering with private companies such as Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

As the second building on the new Darlington campus, the building’s square form and roof quickly became its defining features. The building is carefully orientated to create new public spaces and to help students and members of the public circumnavigate the large campus.

National Horizons Centre Photo ©John Kees
Photo ©John Kees

Delta Light worked closely with the architect and consultant during the design process, ensuring the lighting requirements were an integral part of the plans for the new centre. A series of lighting calculations and custom-made solutions guaranteed that the project was viable, with Delta Light also working alongside the delivery team to coordinate the complex installation.

Visitors, students and staff find it hard not to notice the custom made Streamliner 70 linear pendant suspended at 10m height in the central atrium. Elsewhere, lighting solutions provide the perfect balance between task lighting, ambience and impact.

  1. Paul Hemsley

    What an ugly looking building. Shame. Obviously excellence does not extend to building design.

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