RILD Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Wonford

The University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E), in partnership with the Peninsula Medical School (PMS) are developing Exeter as a centre for excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate clinical education training and research.

Clarkebond was appointed in 2011 by Interserve to undertake the structural and civil engineering design services for the new centre for Research, Innovation and Learning Development (RILD). The project has been procured under a P21+ contract.

The centre includes a medical research facility and laboratories which will undertake research into the treatment of conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Facilities will also include a postgraduate education department, a clinical research and training facility, a faculty of health and social work provision with e-learning suites, a suite of seminar and conference facilities and a ground floor café.

The building has a highly visible profile and will become the face of the RD&E Hospital and is designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The structure is provided by an in situ reinforced concrete frame providing mass and features include vertical timber louvre fins for solar shading.

Professor Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter said: “This world-class facility will enhance the reputation of research from the region and benefit patients, in the South West and around the world... This kind of investment is vital to support research and education which improves lives and helps benefit the local economy."

Services: structural engineering, civil engineering