University of Leeds, Centre for Applied Health Research (CAHR)
The development is a joint venture between the Universities of Leeds, Bradford and Institute for Health Research. The Centre is a new build development on the Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust site so-located / near the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR). It will host a centre for child health, including the ground-breaking “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.
The centre is 900m2 spread over two floors comprising a timber-clad steel frame with traditional foundations on a tight site with drainage and stormwater attenuation being squeezed in around the perimeter. Design challenges include an accelerated programme, existing retaining walls and a constrained site the close proximity to other buildings on the Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust site.
The floorplate is to be created flexibly, making it adaptable for changing needs in the future. The landscaping design will be developed to maintain access routes around the perimeter of the building, as well as offering a simple courtyard.
The materials used externally have been chosen to work both within the existing context and in line