The new RILD Centre at Wonford is a single building, shared by the University of Exeter, The Medical School and the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust for education and training purposes. The project was awarded £4.75 million of funding from the prestigious Wellcome-Wolfson capitals award scheme, funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation as part of their investment in the UK scientific infrastructure.
The centre will house the following functions:
- A research facility, which will focus on diabetes
- A redeveloped post graduate education centre
- An information management and technology training facility
- Faculty of health and social work provision
- Learning and development service provision
- GP training scheme provision
The building provides four floors of facilities, and is linked at both ground and first floor levels to The University of Exeter Medical School.
Designed by Devereux Architects, the stylish, modern development incorporates a highly glazed central ‘hub’, which forms the main entrance area. The hub provides views out and plenty of natural light. Accommodation wings are faced in masonry, with both a textured and smooth finish. Building materials selected throughout echo those traditionally used locally.
The use of corium cladding to the sloping elevations - a unique brick cladding system where brick ‘slips’ are clipped into a profiled backing system to provide a simple, effective facade solution – allowed the sloping elevations to be water tight three times quicker than if a traditional system had been used.
Throughout the construction process, the deployment of Interserve Engineering Services complemented Interserve’s role as Principal Supply Chain Partner. The new building is expected to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating, and features the use of photovoltaics on its roof.