Planning permission has been granted for the first building as part of a new flagship Health and Innovation Campus in Huddersfield.
The University of Huddersfield is aiming to develop a flagship Health Innovation Campus on the Southgate site in the town to enable it to offer higher education degrees in the field of health and well-being.
The campus would comprise more than 800,000 sq ft of space across a series of blocks, the tallest expected to stand at about eight storeys.
A reserved matters application for Phase 1 of the development, intended to be the ‘flagship building’ for the campus, was approved by Kirklees Council’s strategic planning committee, subject to conditions, last week (11 August 2022).
The approval was in line with the recommendation of a planning officer’s report prepared for the meeting, as previously reported by Insider.
The proposed Health and Wellbeing Academy would be a split-level building featuring four- and seven-storey sections providing a total of about 110,000 sq ft of space.
It is intended to be occupied by the University’s School of Health and Human Sciences and would include a number of classrooms, laboratories and other specialist facilities.
Facilities would include a mock operating theater, mock ambulance (aka simbulance), mock community flat/dwelling to replicate visiting patients at home, a podiatry and orthotics clinic that would be open to the public, and office and workspace for external partners.
The building is expected to have a daily occupancy of up to 1,635 people, consisting of 185 staff, 1,340 students, and 110 visitors.
Architects’ practice AHR, which has previously worked with the university on the Barbara Hepworth Building and the Oastler Building, has designed the development.
University vice-chancellor professor Bob Cryan said: “This is a significant step along the road to our goal of improving health outcomes and leading innovation in healthcare for the North of England with the National Health Innovation Campus.
“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 university secured outline planning permission for its wider campus plans in August 2021.