WORK UNDERWAY ON FIRST HEALTH INNOVATION CAMPUS BUILDING
3 Apr 2023
Work underway on first Health Innovation Campus building
Daphne Steele Building
Construction has started on the first building at the University of Huddersfield's new National Health Innovation Campus.
BAM has started construction of the new Daphne Steele Building, with work expected to be completed in 2024.
The building will be named after Daphne Steele, who emigrated to the UK from Guyana in the 1940s and was the first black matron in the UK.
It will bring together public-facing facilities, including award-winning student-led clinics. There will be a focus on entrepreneurial academic activity, serving the regional and wider health economy.
Guests at the ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction included Health Education England's chief nurse Mark Radford, councillor Graham Turner of Kirklees Council, and mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin. The University's vice-chancellor Bob Cryan and deputy vice-chancellor Tim Thornton, BAM regional director John Phillips, and AHR Architects director Andrew France joined the celebrations.
John Phillips, regional director at BAM, said: "Our longstanding partnership with the University has seen us deliver so much of its developing estate. It means a great deal to us to be able to work with the University again, and it is the strength of that collaborative partnership that solves problems and makes for high standards in quality and sustainability.
"Our track record here in Huddersfield means we care about its people and its communities, so providing opportunities for them and local businesses is important to us. We have already teamed up with HD1 Fitness, across from the site, to provide health and wellness support to our local workforce, and we're donating new showers and changing rooms for their gym."
Planning permission was granted for the new building last year.