7:20am Monday 26th March 2012
A topping out ceremony tomorrow will mark the completion of the highest level of the building for the multi-million pound international health and wellbeing innovation centre in Truro.
The landmark £13m Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, operated by Plymouth University, will create more than 80 new jobs and will be at the heart of a group of leading international health institutions on the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust site in Truro.
The project to create the top quality laboratory and office space needed to provide the perfect environment to nurture new and growing companies in this sector has been carried out by BAM Construction.
Cornwall Council is leading the project which will receive almost £10 million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence investment and more than £3.3 million from Cornwall Council.
The topping out ceremony will be at 3.30pm on Monday, March 26.
Dr Upton, medical director at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust, said: “The innovation centre will help the Trust with its plans of developing clinical research and further supporting our ambitions for safer, better, good value care.”
The 4,260sqm of high quality space has been built to BREEAM Excellent standard (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).
The HWIC is the third innovation centre in Cornwall, all operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council.
Centres director, Bernard Curren of Plymouth University said: ‘The University is firmly committed to health and wellbeing, and with our sector leading expertise in enterprise and Health, we are sure that HWIC will act as a catalyst for further economic development, replicating the success achieved at the Pool and Tremough centres. We aim to create a dynamic, innovative and creative community of growth focused business in Cornwall to stimulate activity and jobs.”
Professor Colin Roberts, chairman of the HWIC Strategy Board which is overseeing the development of the project, said: “The creation of this centre will enable Cornwall to take a leading role in the increasingly important field of health and wellbeing. The centre is likely to attract clients not only from Cornwall, but also from further afield and I look forward to sharing the excitement that this will bring.” Construction of the HWIC is expected to be completed at the end of October 2012.
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