19 April 2021
Barnes Construction has been awarded the tender to support the creation of a new Health and Wellbeing quarter at the University of Suffolk.
The East Building located next to the University’s Library Building will be extensively refurbished as part of the works and the new facility is due to open in early 2022.
Nigel Lucker, Director of Estates at the University of Suffolk and project lead, said, “I am delighted that we are now moving to the key stage of our exciting development of the University’s East Building. The refurbishment is critical for our Estates strategy and the East Building will accommodate specialist teaching and clinical skills areas. It will bring together current and new provision to create a Health and Wellbeing quarter.”
Several local businesses are working on the project, alongside Barnes Construction, including KLH Architects, Superstructures and Castons.
Once completed, the East Building will provide state-of-the-art, purpose-built space dedicated to educating and supporting Healthcare students and professionals, providing facilities that mirror those you would expect to see in hospitals, clinics, laboratories, as well as other professional healthcare centres.
To support the changing needs of health and social care services the new building will enable the University to double the number of places for students wishing to study as nurses, midwives, paramedics and radiographers as well as starting a new course in physiotherapy. It will give local people an increased opportunity to be part of the local health and care workforce and will become a centre of excellence which will attract new students from across the globe, impacting positively on the wider economy.
Image- artist impression of the East Building once work has been completed. Credit: Bluecube.