University of Leicester’s Cardiovascular Research Centre Scoops East Midlands Award

Posted by pt91 at Jun 11, 2013 12:55 PM |
Prestigious award for new centre for world-class heart research

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 June 2013

Photograph of the Cardiovascular Research Centre available from pt91@le.ac.uk

The Cardiovascular Research Building for the University of Leicester designed by ADP has been named a regional winner of a LABC Building Excellence award in the Best Education Development category.

The Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards celebrate construction excellence, commending technically complex and innovative building solutions.

The University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, which opened at the end of 2012, is situated on the Glenfield Hospital site, close to the University’s Biomedical Research Unit.

ADP’s design unites laboratory and support space, enabling world-class cardiovascular research teams to physically work together and collaboratively push forward the boundaries of academic research, with the aim of translating new knowledge more quickly for ultimately improving prevention, diagnosis and patient treatment.

The facilities provided include The David Wilson Leicester Biobank, The Wolfson Cardiovascular laboratories, and the Edith Murphy Research Unit.

The four storey building doubles the amount of research space available to the University and enables researchers to capture, create and code anonymised data collected from patients attending cardio-respiratory services at Glenfield hospital. There was a requirement to consider privacy to adjacent wards throughout construction and when in use. Emergency access also had to be maintained alongside the building throughout the construction phase.

Peter Bale, Project Manager at the University of Leicester said: “By working together the whole team has produced a state-of-the-art facility that enhances the academic research environment for an internationally acclaimed cardiovascular team, which will lead to more breakthroughs in understanding the benefit of patients locally, nationally and across the world”.

Professor Nilesh Samani, Professor of Cardiology and Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the University’s Estate Department and ADP to create an outstanding facility for cardiovascular research. We have already had several leading international scientists both from the UK and abroad who have visited the Centre and commended us on its quality. The CRC raises the profile of Leicester internationally.”

The University of Leicester invested the initial start-up capital to get the £12.6m project off the ground in 2010 and the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust (UHL) provided the site. Fundraising to close the funding gap for the construction of the research centre has so far raised over £5m and attracted notable major philanthropic support from well-known charitable organisations including The British Heart Foundation, The David Wilson Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, and The Edith Murphy Foundation as well as generous support from individuals and local groups.

Benefactors and supporters had an opportunity in early May to view the new building and meet leading academic staff.  Director of Development at the University, Steve O’Connor paid tribute during these preview tours to the ‘remarkable and committed support’ of benefactors who have helped to make this world leading project a reality.  He said: “I would like to thank all those people who have backed this project over the last 2 years and helped to create a first class heart research facility.  The generosity of  individuals, companies, groups and associations from all communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as Leicester graduates and Trusts and Foundations from across the UK, has exceeded all our expectations and helped the University to realise our vision for this flagship project.”

In addition to architectural services, ADP provided landscape design and environmental assessment services for the new research centre, which is on target to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Further to this project, ADP is currently completing work on the refurbishment of the adjacent clinical wing for the University of Leicester to create the John and Lucille van Geest Biomarker Facility.

The national LABC Building Excellence award winners will be announced in October.

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