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World Class School of Health Studies Nears Completion

28 January 11

BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration is set to put the finishing touches to the frame of the University of Bradford's new School of Health Studies building, in a topping out ceremony on Friday 28 January.

Harry Gration, Honorary Graduate of the University will add the finishing touches to the main concrete frame at the £9m investment on Friday.

The new building will not only provide students with an enhanced learning experience but ensure that when they graduate the students are better equipped to find jobs in the health sector.  The building's new facilities will include practice simulation suites, a movement laboratory, dedicated radiography facilities and state of the art equipment. This includes high tech mannequins which allow students to practice clinical skills in a safe and stimulating environment. A specialist camera system will enhance the student experience and allow connectivity to classrooms in the University and worldwide.

The School of Health Studies is highly ranked within the UK and offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of health professions, attracting students from the Bradford region and beyond.

Dean of the School of Health Studies, Shirley Congdon said, "We are extremely excited about the completion of this project which we are confident will continue to attract a high calibre of students onto our courses.  The modern facilities that replicate those found in hospitals will ensure that graduates are well equipped to find jobs after they complete their studies."

The new facilities will be housed within a refurbished building and a brand new extension that are being constructed in accordance with the University's Ecoversity Policy, meaning that it exceeds environmental building regulation requirements, in many areas including insulation and energy efficiency.  The building’s striking form is now really beginning to take shape as ISG, the project’s main contractor, reaches a key milestone in the development with the successful completion of the roof structure. 

Initiatives such as using local contractors and labour are as important as reducing future energy costs when building in an environmentally responsible manner.  The University is a leader in this field and has won numerous environmental awards, including the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development, which it has been awarded for the last two years. 

28 January 11

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