The first phase of a new healthcare campus at Lancaster University has been completed.
The £41m Health Innovation One building is the new home for Lancaster’s Medical School and Division of Health Research and also offers “co-location space” for the healthcare industry.
The new building has state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a simulated hospital ward in its clinical skills centre and an anatomy suite.
The development was made possible by a £17m contribution from the Lancaster Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
Operation of the building has been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions but teaching inside the building is set to commence in the next few weeks. The university’s faculty of health and medicine has research centres focused on ageing, disability and inequality.
The university hopes its new centre will also pilot new workplace wellbeing initiatives and host a regular programme of events.
Professor Andy Schofield, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University, 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.
“The university has been working on this important initiative for a number of years now and I am delighted to see the first phase now complete, at a time when working together on projects aimed at improving health is more important than ever.”