Anson House to be refurbished

News article 9 Jan 2014

The hoardings are up as work is now fully underway on the repurposing and refurbishment of Anson House as part of LSTM’s continued programme of estates expansion.

The £7.3 million project will see the site, situated across Pembroke Place from LSTM’s old school building and Centre for Tropical Infectious Diseases, transformed to house 180 staff and aims to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence for maternal and child health. The building will also provide additional space for translational research projects allowing LSTM to further develop a multi-national, multi-disciplinary team of researchers and innovation experts, delivering a range of research, teaching and technical assistance programmes.

The internal spaces will be completely remodelled, utilising natural daylight and ventilation as much as possible and maximising opportunities to provide thermal improvements and environmental controls. The outside will be completely re-clad, providing a first class city centre building.

When the work is complete in just under 12 months’ time the new building will house LSTM’s Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health as well as providing an updated home for the Well Travelled Clinic

Director of LSTM, Professor Janet Hemingway, said: “This latest project reflects LSTM’s ambition for continued growth and expansion, right in the heart of the city’s knowledge quarter. A refurbished Anson House provides us with a modern, first class environment to support, stimulate and promote interdisciplinary research, research that will ultimately benefit healthcare on a global scale.”

The project is supported by grants from the Regional Growth Fund; The European Regional Development Fund and the Wolfson Foundation and is carried out by principal contractor John Turner.

The work comes just after LSTM’s 115th anniversary; 115 years that have seen LSTM consolidate its position as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world, with an active research portfolio worth £257.4 million.