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Making way for new world class research centre


Demolition work has started at the Royal Devon & Exeter (Wonford) hospital site to make way for a world class research centre.


Dr Lewis Site Visit

Simon is pictured (left) with Dr Lewis


Interserve project manager Simon Came said the dismantling of the postgraduate education centre building is scheduled to take about three weeks. During a site visit by RD&E Medical Director Dr Vaughan Lewis, Simon explained: “People are quite surprised when they hear the demolition takes this long but nowadays we take down a building with planning and consideration of a number of important factors including noise and dust pollution because this is a busy city centre hospital site with local residents nearby. The removal of a building is done in a methodical and safe way. Over 90% of the old building will be recycled – the majority of the structure is concrete so this material will be taken to an off-site crushing plant where it will be turned into recycled aggregate.”


This is a strong visual milestone in the creation of a new Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) Centre which will bring together skills, education and medical research on the hospital site. The RILD project is a partnership between the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and the University of Exeter.

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