Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research

We were commissioned by Sewell Group to support work on the new Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI). The new centre brings together researchers from the University of Leeds, University of Bradford with clinicians from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has been made possible thanks to a £1m award from national charity The Wolfson Foundation with further contributions from the two Universities and the Trust.

By combining the expertise of health researchers with clinicians who have daily contact with patients, the centre will ensure that its findings are put rapidly into practice – resulting in better health and social care for those who need it most, right here in Yorkshire. The Wolfson Centre will host a centre for child health including the ground-breaking Born in Bradford and Born in Bradford’s Better Start cohorts. It will also host the Centre for Ageing, one of the UK’s most successful research groups in applied, health research for older people, and the National Institute for Health Research’s National Patient Safety Centre.

Our design and technical team brought significant track record and experience in working with contractor clients in converting detailed design concepts into tender and construction information. We ensured compliance with statutory guidance and successfully translated vision into built reality.

WBA, in assisting the successful contractor Sewell Group, supported the completion of design development along with the production and coordination of construction information, all whilst retaining a presence on site for the duration of the build phase.

The team appointed worked closely with Sewell to support project delivery in a virtual collaborative environment, enabling the practice to continue their strong understanding of delivering projects at BIM Level 2, whilst working alongside a new contractor client. Although there is no requirement for a BREEAM assessment, insulation and air tightness requirements are aligned with PassivHaus standards.

Client:The University of Leeds & The University of Bradford
Contractor:Sewell Group
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning