Construction begins on focal Point for Medical Research

Published: 9 April 2010 at 16:03

Ground-breaking ceremony heralds the start of building work

Work is starting on a new building for the recently launched Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) on Anglia Ruskin University’s Rivermead campus which will provide a focal point for medical research, innovation and teaching for clinicians from the East of England.

With the help of a JCB digger, a ground-breaking ceremony will be performed by Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Thorne on 14 April in the presence of over 50 representatives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Chelmsford Borough Council, SDC Builders and various partner institutions including Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust and Springfield Hospital. The new and dedicated facility, located between the Tindal Building and the new access to Chelmer Valley Road, is scheduled for completion February 2011.

The construction project will be managed by SDC Builders of Bedford. Once completed, the building will provide state of the art laboratories, two lecture theatres (400 and 200 seating capacity) and seminar and meeting facilities for the medical and heath communities.

The Postgraduate Medical Institute is unique in that it is a collaboration of 20 members involving all NHS acute hospitals, Primary Care Trusts and mental health trusts in Essex, plus Essex County Council, Ramsay and Nuffield Hospitals, Essex hospices, The Royal Society for Public Health and the five faculties of Anglia Ruskin University including the widely-acclaimed Faculty of Health & Social Care. 

In addition, the PMI is working with Cambridge University, University College London and Queen Mary University of London Medical Schools and their associated hospitals to pursue research and education of international significance.

The culmination of many years of planning, the new PMI Project Board welcomes the new building as it marks significant progress for the project, Interim Director Mike Salmon says:

"The PMI is already acting as the hub of postgraduate research and development in the field of Medical and Healthcare Sciences across the county of Essex and beyond. The new building has been specifically designed for research, innovation and as a hot-bed   of new ideas to progress medical science. It will also provide facilities for multi-professional postgraduate education and training."

Much of the credit for the initial development of the PMI is due to the commitment and vision of Dr Aimen Hassani who says:

"We are extremely proud to have progressed the PMI project to this latest and exciting stage of its development."