University unveils next stage in plans

UNIVERSITY chiefs have revealed their plans to transform a well-known Worcester building into state-of-the-art teaching facilities for health students.

The University of Worcester has submitted a planning application to develop Berrows House on Hylton Road and hope the building will become a spacious, flexible, modern teaching base and an architectural highlight on the St John’s bank of the River Severn.

The plans, drawn up by Midlands-based Glancy Nicholls Architects, include a state-of-the art anatomy laboratory, a suite of GP simulation rooms, and a range of general seminar and teaching rooms. There will also be offices, break-out spaces for group study and a café.

Low or Zero Carbon technologies will be utilised throughout the building in line with the University’s environmental and sustainability ethos, with the aspiration of achieving RICS SKA Gold.

This top environmental standard for refurbished buildings, is rarely achieved, but was met by the University in its acclaimed creation of the Art House in Castle Street, from the former 1930s Austin House Motor Garage and Showrooms.

The building will also be highly inclusive in line with the University’s commitment to genuine inclusion by design, which saw the nearby University of Worcester Arena win The Guardian’s Buildings That Inspire award in 2015.

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green CBE, said: “The development of this venue will be key in providing inclusive and inspiring learning facilities to educate the next generation of health professionals this country so badly needs.

This new Centre for Health and Medical Education will bring much-needed jobs and prosperity to the city, creating hundreds of new opportunities to gain a first-class education and vital professional qualifications in a wide variety of health professions.”

The plans have been submitted to Worcester City Council and will be considered in the New Year.

Worcester – The Worcester Observer