In a momentous announcement, the renowned architectural firm Corstorphine & Wright has been selected as the design agency entrusted with the development of the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The revelation was made during a small but meaningful engagement session held at the St James’ Hospital site, where Rob Burrow and his family, along with members of the MND clinical team and patients, gathered together. This marks a significant step forward in the journey to establish the groundbreaking centre at Seacroft Hospital.
Toby Ingle, representing Corstorphine & Wright, delivered a compelling presentation on the agency’s innovative approach to the centre’s design. Among the highlights is the inclusion of multiple engagement sessions with patients, the public, and staff. Moreover, Corstorphine & Wright plans to leverage cutting-edge interactive tools such as Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D models, promising to create an inclusive and functional space that caters to the unique needs of individuals affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
As a chartered architectural practice with 11 studios located across the UK, Corstorphine & Wright brings a wealth of experience to this ambitious project. Over the years, the firm has left an indelible mark on the country’s landscape, having successfully undertaken diverse projects ranging from the transformation of the iconic Royal Liver Building to the redevelopment of the former Waterloo International terminal. The Leeds studio of the firm has especially emphasised its deep-rooted connections with local grassroots sports clubs, schools, and universities, fostering lasting relationships that contribute to the local community’s well-being.
The appointment of Corstorphine & Wright was a result of a highly competitive tender process, underlining the firm’s expertise and commitment to delivering exceptional designs that resonate with the needs and aspirations of the community. The decision is expected to usher in a new era for the development of the Rob Burrow Centre and further enhance the facilities for individuals and families dealing with Motor Neurone Disease.
The journey towards establishing the Rob Burrow Centre began in September 2021 when the Leeds Hospitals Charity launched an appeal to raise £6.8 million for this noble cause. Thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of fundraisers, including the inspiring contributions of Kevin Sinfield and his epic challenges, the appeal has reached a significant milestone. As of the latest update, the total funds raised stand at an impressive £4.5 million, illustrating the incredible support and compassion that the project has garnered.
One remarkable recent event that brought the community together for this cause was the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, which saw an overwhelming participation of over 600 runners. The event, organised in collaboration with the Leeds Hospitals Charity, alone raised a staggering £1 million. This outstanding achievement further exemplifies the unwavering commitment of the community to support the construction of the Rob Burrow Centre and provide much-needed relief and assistance to those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.
Craige Richardson, Executive Director: Estate & Facilities, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said “We’re delighted to welcome Corstorphine & Wright on board to the project and to start the journey that will now take us through to the construction of the new centre. This is a milestone moment in the project and we’re looking forward to an exciting phase of creativity as the team brings their experience across healthcare and commercial building design to this unique project. This first engagement session has begun, and we’ve really embarked on the journey now.”
Since Leeds Hospitals Charity launched its appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in September 2021, £4.5 million of the £6.8 million fundraising target has now been raised, thanks to thousands of fundraisers, including Kevin Sinfield and his epic challenges. Recently more than 600 runners took part in the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon, which alone raised £1 million for Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal.
Find out more about the charity appeal at The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (leedshospitalscharity.org.uk)