A contract for a new state-of-the-art Healthcare Innovation Centre at Staffordshire University’s Stafford Centre of Excellence for Healthcare Education has been awarded to Pave Aways.
Work on the new £3.7 million facilities in Stafford involves demolishing some existing buildings and creating new teaching spaces which are focused around simulation-based education, The Health Innovation Centre is part of a £23.7 million investment which was made available under the UK Government’s Get Building Fund to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP).
The programme, one of 11 shovel-ready projects in the region, has been awarded £2.89 million via the Get Building Fund, which the university has match funded. The project will incorporate sector-leading clinical simulation and immersion suites. This will enable healthcare professionals and students to explore and develop new patient safety techniques. A new entrance to the site will also be created along with the reconfiguration and extension of the car parking on campus. Work is expected to last 12 months, including the design and securing of planning permissions, and begins this month.
This contract follows Pave Aways’ handover of a new clinical suite and immersive rooms located at the Ashley 2 building at the University’s Leek Road campus in Stoke-on-Trent. The areas which Pave Aways is creating will support the University’s commitment to providing quality learning experiences, bringing simulation sessions to life with audio-visual elements that create real-world simulations for students.
Andrew Proctor, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital) at Staffordshire University, said: “We’re very excited to see work commence on our new healthcare innovation centre in Stafford with Pave Aways. Through our Connected University strategy, we are committed to creating inspirational and digitally led environments that empower and bring communities together.
“The facilities will help fuel the local economy and transform the health workforce by encouraging and supporting health technology start-ups, creating jobs, and promoting economic growth in the region. Alongside this, students and partners will benefit from leading healthcare education through our new clinical simulation and immersion suites. We look forward to seeing our campus and wider communities transformed through this exciting development.”
Pave Aways’ Managing Director Steven Owen said: “We are delighted to have won this competitive tender. We have a strong track record within the further education sector, demonstrating our understanding and ability to deliver high-quality construction that meets the needs of our clients.
“The contract will provide a valuable economic boost to Stafford and the surrounding area as we will be employing locally based site staff and businesses in our supply chain within a 30-mile radius.”
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