Our brand new Cripps Health Centre was officially opened this month, by members of the family whose name it inherits and whose generous gifts have done so much for the University. The new facility is the largest single site health centre in the country and has 45,000 patients, which is also the biggest register of any practice in the UK. It replaces the original health centre, which was built in 1969 and had just 1,500 students and staff on its books.
The facility was opened by Niall Dickson CBE, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation, Professor Shearer West, President and Vice-Chancellor and Robert Cripps, Director of Philanthropy and third generation family representative of the Cripps Foundation.
Robert Cripps said: “My family has had a relationship with the University of Nottingham which is moving into a fourth generation. My grandfather and father were attracted to the University because of its support for engineering. As the University has gone from strength to strength we are happy to renew that support for the next generations and provide the best medical support that is available in this country.
“What is most impressive is not just the new building, but the people who work within it and provide an unparalleled degree of excellence in their service to the University community.”
The Cripps family and Foundation have had an extraordinary impact on the University for almost 70 years, which began with Cyril Cripps in 1949. They have been one of the institution’s most generous donors, supporting a range of buildings, including Cripps Hall, alongside Chairs in Engineering, establishing a tradition of philanthropy stretching generations. The £9m gift for the new health centre is the largest single gift donation from a private foundation in the University’s history.
Daniel Hammersley, Chief Operating Officer for the University of Nottingham and University of Lincoln Health Services, added: “This amazing new facility will allow us to continue to grow and develop our broad range of services over the coming years, ensuring we continue to offer an outstanding service to the University Community.”
The new facility offers a holistic approach to primary health and dental care with enhanced clinical consulting rooms, minor operations suites, a patient observation bay, physiotherapy areas, dentist treatment rooms, pharmacy and mental health suite, as well as training rooms and offices. It has also incorporated medicinal and aromatherapy plants into a courtyard garden, with an area of Chinese medicinal planting.
Student welfare services remain a priority at Cripps with the new-build providing appropriate accommodation for the University Mental Health Advisory Service, with space to bring in associate staff at busy times as needed, for example providing essential crisis services to the student community.
The design of the new health centre also benefitted from local input, with Nottingham-based CPMG Architects designing the building and engineering firm Arup providing civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design services.
You can see images from the official opening and of the new building on Flickr.
Posted on Friday 23rd November 2018