The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Architect announced for new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease

18 July 2023

MND Centre Architect AnnouncementMulti award-winning architect Corstorphine & Wright has been announced as the design agency that will develop the new Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

A small engagement session was attended by Rob Burrow and his family, together with members of the MND clinical team and patients, on the St James' Hospital site, as part of the journey to build the new centre at Seacroft Hospital. Toby Ingle from Corstorphine & Wright presented the agency's approach to the design, which will include a number of engagement sessions with patients, the public and staff, and using interactive tools such as VR and 3D models.

The chartered architectural practice has 11 studios throughout the UK and has worked on a wide variety of projects across the country from the redevelopment of the former Waterloo International terminal to the  transformation of the Royal Liver Building. The Leeds studio highlighted links with grass roots sports clubs, as well as long-standing relationships with local schools and universities. Corstorphine & Wright was part of a competitive tender to be appointed on the project.

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 The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease (leedshospitalscharity.org.uk)