Associated Architects was commissioned in 2006 to design a new Health Design Technology Institute for Coventry University at its Technology Park site. The Institute is a broadly-based partnership led by Coventry University and includes City College, Walsgrave NHS Trust, NHS Scanning Unit (University of Birmingham), West Midlands Medilink, MidTECH and Age Concern. The project was jointly funded by Advantage West Midlands.

The brief for the building was that it should provide flexible, collaborative working spaces within which various groups could design, develop and test non-clinical healthcare products. The design evolved into a three storey ’L’ shape arrangement which houses design studios, mock-up construction spaces, evaluation laboratories, product testing spaces and usability research rooms. Business start-up units were also provided to assist emerging companies with product development.

These principal functions are organised around a shared central collective space designed to encourage collaborative working which contains a feature staircase and glazed lift, along with breakout, display space and café.

The collective space has also been designed to enable product launches and exhibitions, and leads to a showcase accessible garden area. As well as developing and supporting emerging business the facility also provides educational space for degree courses at the University.

Since its opening in 2009, the HDTI has provided an inspirational place for the development of award winning healthcare products and has continued to develop partnerships with various public and private sector organisations.

Client: University of Coventry Technology Park
Project Value: £3.9 million
Completion: 2009

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