THE construction of Derby's Innovation Centre reached a significant milestone in its multi-million pound development as a landmark piece of Chris Brammall artwork was installed on site on August 19th.

The unique two-blade sculpture stands over 18 metres above the ground after being erected at Infinity Park during an event to celebrate the project's progress to date.

18m iconic sculpture at Derby Innovation Centre 18m iconic sculpture at Derby Innovation Centre

Once complete, the £11.8 million Innovation Centre will bring hi-tech engineering firms and academic experts together to offer innovation and mentoring support to aerospace, automotive and transport industries demonstrating the region's position as the UK's centre for transport engineering.

Local contractor G F Tomlinson is responsible for the delivery of the landmark building and its iconic sculpture at Infinity Park, a new 250-acre hub for commercial and technology businesses

Barry Sewards, chairman for G F Tomlinson said: "We've reached a key milestone in the construction work of Derby's Innovation Centre and we're delighted work has been progressing so well. The sculpture is representative of the industries that will be based at the centre and as a firm based in Derby we're proud to be working on such a pioneering project that will have such an impact on industry and the local economy."

Franklin Ellis Architects designed the building and its breath taking centre piece which was created by Chris Brammall Ltd.

Chris Brammall, artist and designer said the sculpture took seven months and a team of four people to complete. "It's been a pleasure and a challenge to deliver such a powerful design which represents the future of engineering for aeroplanes, turbines and construction," he said.

"Engineering is the essence of what we do so when we were approached by G F Tomlinson to create the two twisting blade sculpture we were honoured to be part of this innovative project. It's one of the biggest projects we have worked on; made from stainless steel and finished to a bright reflective polish it's fantastic to see it on site and part of the Innovation Centre."

Andy Dowding, senior architect from Franklin Ellis Architects said he was delighted to see the designs created for Derby City Council being realised. "We believe the sculpture really captures the spirit of innovation and identifies with the work of planes, trains and automobiles - 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."

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