Clarice Pears building

Building info

Location: Western Infirmary Site
Completion date: Q2 2022
Size: 8034m2
Architects: Atkins


The Clarice Pears building will allow the University's Institute of Health and Wellbeing to bring staff from 10 different sites together into a single multidisciplinary centre on the University’s Gilmorehill campus.

It is expected to cost around £50 million and has been named after Clarice Pears, mother of the three founders of the Pears Foundation, which donated £5 million towards its construction.

The Clarice Pears building will significantly enhance the Institute’s reputation and influence within the sector, increasing PGT and PGR capacity, attracting and retaining high-calibre staff. It will provide the means for both opportunistic and planned collaboration and networking, and different disciplines will share social spaces. The building will be used to host joint seminar series, workshops and knowledge exchange events, as well as developing new multi-disciplinary post-graduate courses.

It will also provide an ideal setting to support partnership working, allowing closer links with external partners, such as the NHS, government, voluntary sector and industry, which are all essential to allow research to be translated into changes in policy and practice and therefore achieve a real impact on health.

The ground floor will provide a welcoming and publicly accessible space dedicated to knowledge exchange and public engagement, which will also support our widening participation goals.


The new building will host three multi-disciplinary research themes:

Determinants of Health and Health Inequalities – the facility will drive forwards the University’s work at the forefront of population health and inequalities in health. It will address the broad range of factors that determine health and wellbeing and identify opportunities to improve the health of individuals and populations.

Data Science – this theme will look to explore big data, creating cross-sectoral linkages between healthcare, education, housing, environment and others. The new building will be close to the ESRC-funded Urban Big Data Centre, which will facilitate novel linkages.

Solutions-Focused Research – this theme will undertake downstream research evaluating evidence-based interventions. The new building will allow IHW to collocate the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics (world-leading in randomised controlled trials), the MRC unit (world-leading in complex interventions) and the recently-funded NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) Centre for systematic reviews.

Project delivery board


  • Convenor - Jill Pell (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
  • Clerk - Jess Vecchio (Estates & Commercial Services)
  • Martin Munro (Estates & Commercial Services)
  • Asha Costigan (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
  • Carol Clugston (College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences)
  • Derek Marchant (College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences)
  • Laurence Moore (MRC/CSO Social & Public Health Sciences Unit)
  • Gareth Morris (MRC)
  • Nick Wade (Communications and Public Affairs)
  • Victoria Hurwood (External Relations)
  • Mark Tranmer (School of Social and Political Sciences)