Plans for a state-of-the-art new medical school building at the University of Lincoln have been recommended for approval.
If given the final go-ahead, the £21 million building would be created next to existing science laboratories, the Janet Lane-Claypon Building, and opposite the University’s Isaac Newton Building on the southern edge of the main Brayford Pool Campus. The site already has outline planning permission under an existing masterplan with the first artist’s impressions of the planned building revealed last summer.
The five-storey building will comprise lecture theatres, laboratories, clinical and prosection anatomy suites equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools, and a dedicated science library. Facilities will include a clinical skills suite with mock consultation rooms (simulating hospital wards or a GP surgery) with the latest technologies to provide high quality teaching. These will enable medical students to explore the latest technology developments in healthcare.
Scheduled for completion in spring 2021, the building has been designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent environmental standard and features photovoltaic panels generating electricity for its laboratories, as part of the aspiration to be a carbon neutral scheme. This new facility will be the most sustainable on the campus.
University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart said: “This is an exciting step forward for everyone with an interest in this project to produce future generations of healthcare professionals. It represents more than just a building – it is a commitment to current and future communities in Lincolnshire to develop sustainable healthcare for the region.
“Soon we will be training our own doctors right here in the heart of Lincoln, creating more opportunities for local young people to aspire to a medical career, providing new routes for experienced clinicians to develop their teaching and research practice, and increasing the likelihood that newly-trained doctors will remain in the region once they qualify.”