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Derbyshire brickwork business completes work on £21m medical school at University of Lincoln

Derbyshire brickwork business completes work on £21m medical school at University of Lincoln

Work on a £21m state-of-the-art medical school at the University of Lincoln has been completed by Derbyshire’s Phoenix Brickwork.


The national brickwork, scaffolding and drywall firm, which set up a decade ago in Belper, provided essential infrastructure for the new student facility. The £3/4m contract saw a 12 strong team from Phoenix Brickwork, deliver specialist brickwork, insulation and fire safety services for the hi-tech and environmentally efficient School of Medicine.

The 24-week project was completed on time and on budget.

Phoenix Brickwork was selected by main contractor, BAM Construction, for their expertise in health and research projects, and the facility will feature a range of laboratories such as clinical skills suite, an anatomy suite and a category 2 science laboratory, lecture theatres and other laboratories. To aid medical students' learning, it will also provide a clinical skills suite with mock consultation rooms, which could be used to simulate hospital wards or a GP surgery.

The medical school will deliver first class medical training to hundreds of students.

Christian Watson, Managing Director of Phoenix Brickwork, said the project had been both rewarding and of huge importance to the city of Lincoln and the future of students at the University of Lincoln.

He said:

“In the aftermath of the impact of the pandemic, and the heroic efforts of our NHS, it has never been more important to invest in the continued provision of more highly skilled and trained doctors, nurses and medical staff for the NHS.

“It was particularly rewarding to have been involved in the creation of this cutting-edge facility for the University of Lincoln.

Sam Humphries, site manager at the new student facility in Lincoln, added: “While we’re a firm that works on projects across the country, it’s always especially pleasing to be able to contribute to such a great regional initiative, and we are proud to be doing our bit to support the NHS.”

Earlier this year, Christian celebrated a ten-year trading milestone of £15m and recruited six new members of staff to help his business grow.

He set up Phoenix Brickwork after being made redundant and ran the new business from his parents’ house in Belper. Now, Phoenix Brickwork operates from two regional offices, one in Derbyshire and one in Northamptonshire.

Alongside the University of Lincoln Medical School, recent projects for Phoenix include work at Canley Student Village for the University of Warwick, St Mark’s Student Accommodation in Lincoln, and Banbury Gateway Retail Park in Oxfordshire.

The business is aiming to become a national player and bring a co-ordinated service in brickwork, scaffolding and drywalling to projects around the UK.

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