First phase of £41m university campus completed

The first phase of the new £41m Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University is now complete, marked by a VIP opening ceremony.

The new building is an innovation hub offering co-location space for external organisations, as well as being the new home for Lancaster University’s Medical School and Division of Health Research. As well as teaching, offices, and shared work space facilities, the new building features various meeting rooms and event spaces.

The space is designed to encourage collaboration, where external organisations can draw upon the university’s expertise to address significant health challenges and improve health and wealth outcomes in the region and beyond.

To mark the completion of the building by BAM Construction, Lancaster University’s vice-chancellor, Professor Andy Schofield, was given a tour of the campus, along with VIP guests representing contributing agencies, David Read for the European Regional Development Fund and the Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Steve Fogg.

Professor Andy Schofield said: "The Health Innovation Campus is a project of strategic importance for Lancaster University. It will provide a cutting-edge facility for our medical students, a home for the Division of Health Research and an exciting innovation hub, where academics will work with cross-sector partners on systems and products which improve health outcomes.

“The strategy for the new campus has been developed in line with the aims of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the NHS long-term plan, and fits in with Lancaster’s civic commitment to its region."

Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, dean, faculty of health and medicine, Lancaster University, added: “The Health Innovation Campus will create a dynamic, health-focused community at Lancaster University - where health and care research, innovation and medical education are at the forefront of the agenda.

This development will really set Lancaster Medical School apart by enabling students to work alongside industry.

"The new building has state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a simulated hospital ward in our Clinical Skills Centre and cutting-edge anatomy suite. This development will really set Lancaster Medical School apart by enabling students to work alongside industry."

Development of the new campus has been supported by a £17m contribution from Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's Growth Deal programme, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.

Steve Fogg, chair, Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, said: "It is brilliant to see phase one of the project completed, which will provide state-of-the-art facilities to develop innovative solutions to help tackle some of the most complex health challenges associated with an ageing population.

"Whilst this will not only contribute to providing positive outcomes for our residents, the campus will also enhance Lancashire's reputation for being at the forefront of innovation, which has a fundamental role to play in improving the strength, productivity and competitiveness of our businesses.

"The decision by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to invest £17m from our Growth Deal Programme is testament to the confidence we have in the work of the Health Innovation Campus to contribute significantly to our growth aspirations for the health sector and the wider economy."

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