Cambridge University Hospitals invests £120m in medical and education centre
2 May 2014
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUHT) and John Laing have invested £120 million in The Forum, a mixed-use medical and education facility on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
Consisting of a post-graduate medical education centre, 900 delegate conference centre, 90-bed private hospital, and four-star hotel, The Forum will bring together local, national and international medical professionals, researchers and academics from around the world all focused on the development of life-changing treatments.
The scheme has been privately funded but allows CUHT to retain freehold ownership of the site. Forum Cambridge LLP (a joint venture between John Laing and CUHT) will operate the new building which will contain a Ramsay Health Care UK private hospital and a Crowne Plaza hotel.
Dr Keith McNeil, chief executive of Cambridge University Hospital, said, “It will provide a fantastic opportunity for research professionals and clinicians from Cambridge and around the globe to work closely together on new research and practices in healthcare. The addition of a new post-graduate education centre, hotel and conference centre and other facilities will further cement our reputation as one of the world’s leading medical cities.”
Peter Ward, Director of Healthcare Projects at John Laing and partner in Forum Cambridge LLP, said: “By co-locating, co-operating and sharing resources and expertise at the Forum, leading clinicians and academics will be able to work together efficiently and bring significant economic, social and reputational benefits to Cambridge. We now look forward to starting construction of this important project.”
The building’s design has been developed in close association with the contractor Laing O’Rourke, utilising their ‘Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ system, which will see the entire structure, mechanical and electrical system and finishes fabricated in a factory and assembled on site.