Construction firm hired to build centre for Motor Neurone Disease

Yorkshire-based construction company, I&G, part of the wider Sewell Group, has been appointed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to build the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Leeds.

The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK. It will be located on the Seacroft Hospital site and see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time.

Named after rugby league legend, Rob Burrow, who campaigns for MND after being diagnosed with the condition in 2019, the centre will be funded by Leeds Hospitals Charity which has been fundraising to bring Burrow’s vision to life.

The building will be constructed using modern methods of construction, with structurally insulated panels (SIPs) being manufactured offsite and erected in position, allowing a quicker, more efficient and more environmentally friendly process than a traditional build.

As well as clinical areas and treatment rooms, the building will include a central space where people can come together, along with reading and quiet spaces, activity, dining and outdoor areas.

The project is the latest in a series of works which I&G is delivering in conjunction with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, which includes the new Seacroft Community Diagnostic Centre.

I&G managing director, Christopher Carline, said: “We’re extremely proud to have been entrusted to build this new centre for motor neurone disease.

“It’s a life-limiting condition that has a profound effect on people diagnosed, as well as their friends and family, so we’re pleased to be able to deliver a centre that puts their needs at the heart of the local community it will serve, alongside the dedicated charity who have worked tirelessly to get to this stage.”

Richard Noble, associate director estate strategy and development at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, added: “We’ve worked with I&G on several projects over recent years and we know they have a track record of delivering high quality schemes at pace, so we can’t wait for them to get started and see this much-needed facility come to life.”

Work is due to start on site in the coming weeks, subject to planning approval.

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