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The National Centre for Healthcare Photonics


CPI is opening a new National Centre for Healthcare Photonics (NCHP) based at NETPark, County Durham scheduled to open December 2018. The centre will provide open access facilities and expertise to help companies develop technologies for healthcare applications and turn them into commercially viable products. By reducing the restrictions that commonly prevent early research and inventions reaching market, ultimately improving ways to diagnose and treat disease. Once opened, the centre will present the North East as a global hub for the healthcare photonics industry.The Local Growth Fund awarded the project a support grant of £8.3m, through the North East LEP.Read below to see how CCN contributed and what features in the NCHP building.
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“The impact of the work that the National Centre for Healthcare Photonics will undoubtedly be far reaching. The work done here in Sedgefield, with technologies which help the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases from diabetes to cancer, can ultimately improve the lives of patients locally and much further afield. To have the North East as the photonics industry global hub is fantastic and something for the whole region to be proud of.”
Phil Wilson
MP for Sedgefield


Surgo Construction and Howarth Litchfield, collaborated on the design and construction of the £4.5m NCHP. 

The internal floor totals to approximately 2000mincluding all M&E services, laboratories, incubation offices, open plan offices, storage and meeting rooms.

Utilities provision will incorporate systems for multiple HVAC zones, fume extraction and small laboratories.

“The new building, which will be accessed through the lobby of the National Formulation Centre, will have a high profile on the park and its visual impact and quality of finish inside and out should be impressive, whilst offering value for money. The external finish which will feature a glazed curtain walling section to its primary elevation, will be in keeping with the current styling of NETPark, largely mirroring the materials used for the National Formulation Centre building, and in the same way, it has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.”
David Pickersgill
Project architect and HL director


Project Manager: David Stephenson

What we supplied:

  • 89nr laminate faced doors
  • Steel metal effect laminate facings
  • Bespoke colour matched painted beads to vision panels
  • Fire rated to 60minutes
  • Acoustic rated

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