The University of Huddersfield is planning to construct the National Health Innovation Campus in Huddersfield in the United Kingdom. The transformative development will integrate teaching, research, and outpatient care facilities to optimize health outcomes in the Yorkshire and Humber region and nationwide. Designed by AHR Architects, the first phase of construction will create a new home for the Health and Wellbeing Academy. Featuring state-of-the-art teaching labs, classrooms, and simulation suites, the 107,000-sf facility will leverage advanced infrastructure to support in-person, remote, and blended learning platforms. Immersive environments such as a mock operating room, an ambulance, and a residential apartment will provide students with unique opportunities for hands-on training. The welcoming structure will also include clinics offering podiatry, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and telehealth services. Dedicated office environments for external partners will promote economic growth by fostering collaboration with medical organizations and private companies.
Targeting BREEAM Excellent certification, the sustainably designed building is expected to be the first higher education project in the United Kingdom to achieve the WELL Platinum standard. Cundall is the engineer for the facility, which will include LED lighting systems, a rooftop photovoltaic array, and a high-efficiency air source heat pump. Construction is expected to begin in 2023.