The Innovation Birmingham Campus community and Thomas Vale Construction workers on the iCentrum® development combined forces today to raise over £250 for ‘Wear It Pink’ day, to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Innovation Birmingham organised a raffle and cake sale to support the cause, and money was donated by all those wearing something pink for the day.
Every year, ‘Wear It Pink’ day raises around £2 million, by asking people to wear something pink and donate whatever they can. Since the very first ‘Wear It Pink’ event in 2002, the Breast Cancer Now charity has raised over £27 million, thanks to the generosity of many thousands of people taking part in approximately 7,093 schools, 39,964 workplaces and 8,256 homes and social venues.
Pia Pearson, Digital Marketing Manager for Innovation Birmingham who organised the day’s activities said: “The Innovation Birmingham Campus supports a number of charity initiatives throughout the year. Wear It Pink day is one of the most popular dates on the calendar, and it’s often the men who make the most effort to embrace the theme!”
Breast Cancer Now uses the money raised to fund world-class research across the UK and Ireland. The charity actively encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing, to help scientists and clinicians kick-start innovation. The charity is focused on working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier, and how to treat it effectively at every stage, in order to prevent the disease taking lives.
Thomas Vale Construction – which is Bouygues UK’s Midlands business – is delivering Innovation Birmingham’s £7.85 million iCentrum® development. The 3,881sqm (42,149 sq ft) building incorporates a full height atrium, double height event space for 180 delegates, a large mezzanine and two floors of dedicated incubation and workspace for tech companies. The 60 week build programme is on track for completion in March 2016.
iCentrum®, which has been under construction since January 2015, is being funded through a commercial loan, agreed with Birmingham City Council, to cover the main construction and fit-out costs. In addition, Innovation Birmingham secured funding from the GBSLEP’s Enterprise Zone’s Site Development and Access Fund to create additional co-working space in the new building.
iCentrum® is the first building under construction within Innovation Birmingham’s £40m development zone. It will provide space for 400 high-value skilled tech personnel at any one time, generating £25 million of GVA to local economy per annum. The building was one of the first to start on site within the GBSLEP’s Enterprise Zone, which features 30 sites within central Birmingham.
The Innovation Birmingham Campus is currently fully let with a waiting list for space from new and growing tech businesses. Significant investment has ensured its 130 technology tenants can already access 30Gbit/s broadband speeds – equalling the fastest internet connection available anywhere in the UK.