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A vision for older people’s health

An ambitious vision to re-develop the former General Hospital site in the West End of Newcastle is being proposed by Newcastle University.

This follows the agreement to purchase the site for £7.47M from the current owners, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

By 2040, one in seven of us will be over 75 and our ageing society has been identified as one of four Grand Challenges in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. The vision will address this challenge by developing and expanding the current Campus for Ageing and Vitality. The proposal is for a mixed-use development covering the 29 acre site incorporating elderly care, research facilities and a residential zone for housing and business development.

Development of the vision is being led by Newcastle University working in collaboration with Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle City Council.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President at Newcastle University said: “Our unique position with expertise in ageing, nutrition, digital science and tech combined with the forward-thinking nature of our city partners, particularly around the challenges of supporting an ageing population, could help transform this site. This is an exciting and ambitious vision which looks to the next 10 to 15 years to ensure that we are a world-leading hot bed of innovation and creative research in the field of ageing.”

The University’s vision is for the development of three zones on land stretching from Nuns Moor Road to Westgate Road and significantly develops the existing facilities for research.

 

To read the full article please visit the Newcastle University website.

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