Groundbreaking ceremony held today for ADP-designed Cardiovascular Research Centre for Leicester University
A leading international centre for heart research in Leicester, UK is doubling its existing space with a four storey Cardiovascular Research Centre (CRC) courtesy of ADP Architects and contractors Morgan Sindall. The Glenfield Hospital in the Midlands is a key contributor to global research into heart defects and also acts as a base for medical teaching for the nearby University of Leicester.
Today, a groundbreaking ceremony attended by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess will mark the beginning of a construction period due to complete in early 2012.
Within the four-level extension building will be a variety of new laboratories, a Biobank capable of storing samples from up to 100,000 individuals, a Clinical Research Informatics Unit and a Data to Knowledge Unit which together will capture, code and translate anonymous patient data for research and will accommodate an advanced IT link between the University and the Hospital.
Amassing 2,200 sq m, the new complex is due to cost a total of £12.6m, with Steve O’Connor, Director of Development at the University explaining: “The University has committed over £8m of its scarce capital resources to this major project and has launched an appeal to raise over £4m to complete and equip the CRC building.”
The original Glenfield Hospital treats over one million patients each year and boasts internationally acclaimed centres in cardiac, renal and cancer care, with the cardiac unit noted as one of three top specialist centres in Britain for heart bypass surgery. Also a key player in medical research, the hospital has at least 400 major research programmes active at any one time.