The Health Innovation Campus (HIC) designed by John McAslan + Partners is an international centre focused on tackling the biggest challenge in healthcare today, helping people to live as long and as healthily as possible.
While the majority of university health research centres are dedicated to finding new cures for diseases, HIC will concentrate on research which will prevent people from becoming sick in the first instance.
HIC is the fourth collaboration between Lancaster University and the practice – a long-standing relationship which has to date delivered a trio of award-winning projects: the Postgraduate Statistics Centre, the Charles Carter Building and the Engineering Building, as well as a comprehensive multi-project masterplan for the university campus.
HIC will drive business innovation, specifically creating new jobs by supporting 300 Lancashire-based small and medium enterprises to develop new and innovative digital and technological solutions and will have wider impact by engaging regionally, nationally and internationally with hundreds of companies. It will place particular emphasis on innovations targeted at the broader determinants of health, the prevention and early diagnosis of illness, and access to care. Alongside the focus on digital innovation, this will include the design, development and evaluation of healthy places to live and work, improving quality and value in health innovation systems, and the development of new materials to improve health.
Professor Neil Johnson, Dean of Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine, comments: “This facility is an ambitious and exciting development for the University, for the city and the wider region. It will deliver significant economic benefits as well as solutions to help us all live longer and healthier lives.”
Paul Morris, Director of Facilities, Lancaster University, comments: “The campus masterplan is an exciting development for the University with the potential to bring together businesses, the NHS, students and academics from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds.”
Hannah Lawson, Director at John McAslan + Partners, comments:” John McAslan + Partners has collaborated closely with the Faculty of Health and Medicine to develop the new Health Innovation Campus. This new facility will maximise flexibility, promote inter-disciplinary working and collaboration, and provide exceptional working and learning environments.”
The new 8,000m2 facility forms Phase 1 of the development, and construction work has now commenced, with completion scheduled for Autumn 2019.
Sustainable and energy efficient, with a target of BREEAM “Outstanding”, this is the latest project to emerge from the practice’s longstanding relationship with Lancaster University.