The Anglia Ruskin School of Medicine will be on the university’s Chelmsford campus. It will have specialist teaching space, a lecture theatre and an anatomy suite. It will provide approximately 3,100 m2 of space over three storeys and will be the first undergraduate medical school in Essex.
Willmott Dixon is working with Rivington Street Studio architects and is expected to complete the school by September 2018.
Anglia Ruskin University vice chancellor Iain Martin said of the Chelmsford project: “This is a very significant step towards us helping address the urgent need for more doctors and healthcare professionals in the UK, and specifically in Essex. We have worked closely with a broad range of partners across the region in planning for the School of Medicine and, whilst there is still much to do, we are now one step closer to our goal.”
The contract was procured through the Scape major works framework and adds to Willmott Dixon’s £300m workload in the higher education sector. It is currently creating a London campus for Coventry University in Dagenham, as well as building the new Town House for Kingston University, refurbishing the Dreadnought Building for Greenwich University and working on the Computational Foundry at Swansea University. It recently completed construction of the University of Leicester’s new Centre for Medicine, the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus project.