Plans approved for £54m Bam Construct university job

Planning permission has been granted for the first phase of a new £54m University of Huddersfield campus building, set to be delivered by Bam Construct.

Kirklees Council’s strategic planning committee awarded the university reserved matters planning approval in a meeting this week, allowing it to progress with plans to build a 10,000 sq ft health innovation campus.

The first phase of the build site in Southgate will provide a new location for the university’s health and wellbeing academy. It will be constructed on the grounds of a former leisure centre.

Classrooms, labs and other specialist facilities for learning will be fitted within the new National Health Innovation campus, including a mock-up operating theatre and a mock community flat designed to practice visiting patients at home.

The university’s podiatry clinic will be moved to the new campus and continue to service the public. Specialist services will be set up, including telehealth, sports and physiotherapy clinics, parents and child and mental health clinics.

It will be the first higher education building in the country to be built to the WELL Platinum standard, according to the university. This measures the effects of structures on wellbeing for factors such as light, air, water and thermal comfort.

University vice-chancellor professor Bob Cryan said the delivery of the campus would directly impact health outcomes in the north of the country.

He said: “The new building will be a welcoming space for the local community, students and staff. It will help bring together our public-facing health facilities, our entrepreneurial academic activity and research, and make a key contribution to the health economy at a local level and on a larger scale.”

The scheme is expected to be delivered in 2024.

In 2015 Morgan Sindall landed a £27.5m job to construct a new building for the University of Huddersfield. Galliford Try has also been active in the region, winning a £25m deal to build a build zero-carbon school for Department for Education (DfE).

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