The University of Wolverhampton has announced that work has now started on its £5m new health and social care training centre.
The new Marches Centre of Excellence in Health, Allied Health and Social Care at the Telford Campus will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the next generation of workers.
The new centre will create new skills and simulation facilities that can be used across health and social care disciplines.
Its facilities will also include a room for paramedic science and other disciplines, a mock house, various teaching spaces and new student social spaces.
In addition, there will be an immersive reality suite for emergency planning and simulations of a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings, interview and mock office environments for social work training and student collaboration spaces.
Birmingham-based Overbury has been appointed as the contractor to lead the refurbishment and fit out of existing space in the Angad Paul Building at the Priorslee campus.
Also involved in the project are architects Broadway Malyan, Faithful & Gould as the client-side project manager and Gleeds as Project Management and cost management services.
‘This is an exciting step forward for the new Marches Centre for Excellence in Health, Allied Health and Social Care at the Telford Campus,’ said the university’s pro vice-chancellor, Tim Steele.
‘The importance of key workers in the health and social care sectors has never been more apparent than during the Covid-19 pandemic, and this centre will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for the next generation of key workers.’
Overbury’s managing director, Andrew Wood added: ‘Overbury is thrilled to be involved in such an important project for the University at a time when the medical profession is at the forefront of the nation’s thoughts.”
The first phase of the project will see the development of new academic courses, apprenticeships and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses at the Telford Campus from March 2021.
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