New £41m Health Innovation Campus taking shape at Lancaster University
Lancaster University’s new £41m Health Innovation Campus (HIC) is beginning to take shape. The campus is a major investment by the University to discover new ways to improve the population’s health and wellbeing. The building is currently under construction on the northern edge of the University’s Bailrigg campus, and some of the site’s key areas are beginning to take shape. A conference and exhibition space will be at the heart of the building, along with a business lounge and study area. Lancaster University’s medical school will also move into cutting-edge new facilities on site. As part of its mission to bring together cross-sector organisations to collaborate on projects, the building will include SME incubation spaces where businesses can co-locate to better utilise the University’s research and development capabilities. Dr Sherry Kothari, Director of the Health Innovation Campus, said: “The vision for health innovation at Lancaster is to challenge the status quo today to create healthier lives tomorrow. “Our experienced team is already in place, working to bring together business with academic experts and public sector partners to come up with solutions to pressing health challenges. “Once the HIC building is completed, it will provide a focal point where researchers, healthcare professionals, businesses, local authorities and policy-makers can investigate systematic approaches to improving health and wellbeing, in line with the aims of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the NHS long-term plan. “This is a major investment by the University and its partners to improve the health of our communities, protect and enhance services and help people live longer, healthier lives.” Development of the HIC has been supported with funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.