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School of Medicine wins building design award

Published: 10 July 2019 at 13:00

School of Medicine

New ARU facility wins Best Educational Building in East Anglia at ceremony

The new School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has been praised for its innovative design – winning the Best Educational Building in East Anglia at the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards.

The £20million facility, the first undergraduate medical school in Essex, opened to students in September 2018. The building, at ARU’s Chelmsford campus, features state of the art facilities including an anatomy lab, GP simulation suites and mock hospital wards.

The School of Medicine was visited by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, in late 2018, and was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Kent last month.

A total of 100 students started their courses at the School of Medicine in 2018, with a further 100 expected to start this September.

Phases two and three of the Young Street building at ARU’s Cambridge campus won the same award in 2016.

Zoe Asensio-Sanchez, Director of Estates and Facilities at ARU, said:

“We are very proud of the School of Medicine and this award shows what wonderful facilities we have here in Chelmsford.

“There was some very strong competition for this award, and it means we have now won this award for health facilities on two of our campuses. This shows our commitment to giving the healthcare professionals of the future the best possible tools for learning.”

The School of Medicine will now be entered into the LABC Grand Final, to be held in London in November.