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 carried out by Chris Ridgers, Cornwall Councils portfolio holder for Economy and Regeneration and Carolyn Rule, the portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing and Human Resources.
“This new centre provides an exciting opportunity to create a world class cluster of health initiatives that will bring enormous benefits to people in Cornwall” said Carolyn Rule.
Chris Ridgers added “I am delighted to see work under way on this pioneering project that will create high-value, highly-skilled jobs in this exciting sector of the Cornish economy.
CarleenKelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said, “This investment in the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre is a vital part of the suite of ERDF Convergence investments in innovation – at Pool and Tremough as well as here at Treliske, all designed to turn innovation and new ideas into business success.”
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).
Steve Tapson, Regional Director of BAM Construction said, “This project is part of our strategy to expand our operations in South West England into Corn-wall. The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre is the perfect project to bring our collaborative working approach to Cornwall Council. We look forward to establishing a significant presence in Cornwall which will benefit local people by bringing employment and the quality projects that we deliver.”
The HWIC is the third innovation centre in Cornwall, all operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council. The highly successful Pool Innovation Centre (PIC) opened in July 2010 and is exceeding all targets. TheTremough Innovation Centre (TIC) opened in January this year and has already attracted significant numbers of high growth businesses.
Centres Director Bernard Curren of Plymouth University stated: “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 who 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 &Wellbe-ing. 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.”
ARTICLE SOURCE: Cornwall Council website