Belper firm completes work on £21m university building

The new medical school

Work on a £21m medical school at the University of Lincoln has been completed by Derbyshire’s Phoenix Brickwork.

The national brickwork, scaffolding and drywall firm, which set up a decade ago in Belper, provided infrastructure for the new student facility.

The £750,000 contract saw a 12-strong team from Phoenix Brickwork, deliver specialist brickwork, insulation and fire safety services for the School of Medicine.

The 24-week project was completed on time and on budget.

Phoenix Brickwork was selected by main contractor, BAM Construction. The facility will feature a range of laboratories such as clinical skills suite, an anatomy suite and a category 2 science laboratory, lecture theatres and other laboratories. To aid medical students’ learning, it will also provide a clinical skills suite with mock consultation rooms, which could be used to simulate hospital wards or a GP surgery.

Christian Watson, managing director of Phoenix Brickwork, said: “In the aftermath of the impact of the pandemic, and the heroic efforts of our NHS, it has never been more important to invest in the continued provision of more highly skilled and trained doctors, nurses and medical staff for the NHS.

“It was particularly rewarding to have been involved in the creation of this cutting-edge facility for the University of Lincoln.

Sam Humphries, site manager at the new student facility in Lincoln, added: “While we’re a firm that works on projects across the country, it’s always especially pleasing to be able to contribute to such a great regional initiative, and we are proud to be doing our bit to support the NHS.”