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Health Minister marks new £2.7m Assembly Government-funded building

16 July 2008

Minister for Health and Social Care Edwina Hart has attended a ceremony at the School of Medicine’s new purpose-built lecture theatre to accommodate the growing number of medical students in Wales.

Mrs Hart laid down the last piece of concrete screeding in the clinical skills room on the second floor of the building, marking a milestone in the completion of development works to the structure of the new lecture theatre.

The new lecture theatre project, based at the Heath Park Campus, has benefited from £2.7million of Welsh Assembly Government funding. It will include a 373 seat lecture theatre, five seminar rooms and the purpose-built clinical skills room where students will be taught key skills such as setting up drips.

The ambitious development went under construction in July 2007 under the supervision of the Estates Department, will be completed in time to accommodate Cardiff’s new intake of medical students, which has increased from 180 to 305 in the last five years.

Health and Social Care Minister Edwina Hart said: "I am delighted to be here to mark this key milestone in the development of Cardiff’s School of Medicine.

"The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to providing the best opportunities and facilities to train the medical staff of the future. This new multi-purpose building will allow students to benefit from state of the art audio equipment and learning facilities, in a convenient and logistically practical location."The lecture theatre, which will now be able to cope with the growing demand for medical training in Cardiff, will also prove a superb venue for presentations and conferences, continually boosting the profile of Cardiff’s School of Medicine as a world-leading research facility."

Professor Helen Houston, Cardiff University Dean of Undergraduate Studies, said: "The equipment of the new lecture theatre with the most modern audio visual facilities will allow students to benefit from the latest video and animated presentations in support of lectures. Outside peak teaching times, the facility will also provide a venue for presentations and conferences focusing on the School's world-leading contribution to medical education and research."

Robert Adlam, Cardiff University Projects Manager, added: "The University has been an integral part of the Heath Park site since its foundation in the early 1970’s. This new development, furthering medical research and educational resources on site, will enhance that relationship into the future."

Contractors Leadbitter, who have an operational division in Cardiff, oversaw the topping out of the building.

Rob Bradley, Leadbitter Regional Director, said: "The building will be an inspirational place to learn combining modern facilities with some of the latest architectural features."