Greswolde Construction has begun work on a state of the art development at Keele University which will allow the School of Medicine to join a select group of institutions offering leading edge facilities which will attract surgeons from across the UK.
The new £2.8 million extension of the Anatomy Skills Facility at The David Weatherall building will mean not only improved facilities for students, but will also offer senior surgeons the chance to improve high level skills in the most up-to-date teaching environment.
“There are very few Universities which have the kind of facilities we are building here and we have already had a great deal of interest from across the UK in booking training places even before this is built,” said Business Manager Margaret Hollins.
The Medical School is already a flagship building on the campus and this development will only increase that high profile,” she aded.
The new facility will be housed in an extension to the existing Medical School building. The complex build will also involve raising the existing single storey IT suite, alterations to office accommodation and high level specialist Mechanical and Electrical installations.
“Our priority will as always be to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors and to minimise disruption during the project, in line with our usual Building With Care ethos,” said Malcolm Priest, MD of Solihull-based Greswolde Construction, which has a long experience of education and health care building projects.
The project is the latest to be undertaken by Greswolde, who last year completed a £2.3 million nursery on campus and were also responsible for a £2.3 million Chemistry Laboratory in 2009.
Head of Projects Cathy Partington commented: ”Greswolde’s previous successful projects were an important consideration in tendering for this latest project. The Construction developments are part of a strategic plan to extend and enhance facilities and to keep Keele University competitive in the future.”
State of the art audio-visual and video capture technology will be built into the heart of the new suite enabling unprecedented opportunities for the detailed viewing and capturing of anatomical procedures.
Touch screens, video editing suites and secure live dissection broadcasts within the Keele network will be provided to enable the students to have the most accurate possible experience of real human physiology at a level not offered in many UK Medical Schools.
Other exciting features include the ability to film trainees practising techniques which they can then review with their trainer, take away digital copies and play at their convenience.
Architect Haydn Robinson from Halliday Meecham revealed the new extension was designed to fit into the existing structure: “All the materials will be in keeping, the aim is not to make this building stand out but to blend in. The main challenges will be around carrying out the work on a live campus adjacent to buildings which will remain in use throughout.”
The work is expected to to be completed in August.