Midlands building firm, Pave Aways, have won a multi-million-pound contract to deliver a new healthcare facility at Staffordshire University.
Valued at £3.7m, the Health Innovation Centre is part of a wider £23.7 million investment made available under the Government’s Getting Building Fund to the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP).
Commenting on securing the contract, Pave Aways’ Managing Director, Steven Owen, said: “We are delighted to have won this competitive tender. We have a strong track record within the further education sector, demonstrating our understanding and ability to deliver high-quality construction that meets the needs of our clients.
“The contract will provide a valuable economic boost to Stafford and the surrounding area as we will be employing locally-based site staff and businesses in our supply chain within a 30-mile radius.”
The new project will incorporate what the university claim to be ‘sector-leading clinical simulation and immersion suites’ that will enable healthcare professionals and students to explore and develop new patient safety techniques.
Work is expected to take 12 months, including the design and securing planning permission stage which begins later this month.
Andrew Proctor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) at Staffordshire University said: “We’re very excited to see work commence on our new healthcare innovation centre in Stafford with Pave Aways. Through our Connected University strategy, we are committed to creating inspirational and digitally-led environments that empower and bring communities together.
“The facilities will help fuel the local economy and transform the health workforce by encouraging and supporting health technology start-ups, creating jobs, and promoting economic growth in the region. Alongside this, students and partners will benefit from leading healthcare education through our new clinical simulation and immersion suites. We look forward to seeing our campus and wider communities transformed through this exciting development.”
Featured Image: The proposed state-of-the-art Healthcare Innovation Centre at Staffordshire University’s Stafford Centre of Excellence for Healthcare Education that will be built by Pave Aways. Credit: Associated Architects.