What we do
Health Innovation Campus
The new Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University is a physical hub which brings together industry, research partners, health and care providers, the voluntary sector and local authorities to create an innovation eco-system.
Built on the foundations of collaboration, co-design and co-production, the aim will be to develop sustainable solutions for some of the most important health and care challenges we face as a society.
Good mental and physical health is our collective responsibility and there has never been a more opportune moment to focus on health and wellbeing. By fostering cross-sector, multi-disciplinary and multi-agency collaboration, the campus will take a lead in maximising impact at scale, regionally, nationally and internationally, leading to improved health outcomes and economic growth.
The HIC will take a solution-led, place-based approach to addressing the significant health and social inequalities which impact on wellness, with an emphasis on innovative thinking and disruption.
Health Innovation One
The £41m Health Innovation One building is an inspirational space which will act as a focal point where diverse stakeholders will be able to physically and virtually come together to take an integrated approach to improving health, in line with the aims of the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the NHS long-term plan.
The landmark building is also the new home for Lancaster University’s Medical School and Division of Health Research – offering state-of-the-art teaching facilities, including a simulated hospital ward in our Clinical Skills Centre and cutting-edge anatomy suite.
Development of the new campus has been supported by Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Growth Deal funding, as well as the European Regional Development Fund.
Informed by local and national priorities, the Health Innovation Campus will work closely and collaboratively with its internal and external stakeholders, building on the University’s expertise across disciplines and strong links with businesses from a wide range of sectors.
The work of the HIC will also help to promote Lancaster University’s civic role and responsibilities in supporting the city and region.
Covid-19 and the HIC
The first phase of the Health Innovation Campus was completed in spring 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a rapid rethink over space utilisation to adhere to new distancing guidelines.
The HIC will showcase a pilot project on generative spatial design, guidance and signage for social distancing - developed by colleagues in the School of Architecture - as one example of innovation and scale up.