Imaging Centre of Excellence, University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Imagine centre of excellence at Queen Elizabeth university hospital

The Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE) at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) in Scotland was inaugurated in March 2017.

The facility was developed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and the University of Glasgow at a cost of £32m ($39.85m). It has supporting research facilities for clinical and academic experts to carry out research for precision medicine.

The research facility is expected to provide employment opportunities to 396 people, and contribute £88m ($1.09bn) to the local economy.

Details of the Imaging Centre of Excellence

The ICE at QEUH is a five-storey building with a total floor space of 11,000ft². It added another 11,000ft² to the existing clinical innovation zone (CIZ) of the university, located at Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre.

The ground floor of the facility houses a 17.5t 7 Tesla clinical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner, which helps academic imaging specialists carry out research. It gives researchers an opportunity to know more about brain conditions including stroke, dementia, brain tumours, Parkinson's, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis.

The facility also includes 320 slice / large detector computed tomography (CT) scanners. Level one of the ICE building accommodates four neurosurgery theatres.

The ICE was constructed to achieve 'very good' rating using the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Research activities at ICE

The ICE building is connected to the Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre (SMS-IC), the UK Catapult for precision medicine, and clinical research facilities for better clinical collaboration.

The facility offers sophisticated research laboratories for clinical academics, medical physicists, engineers, and neuroscientists. It also provides direct employment opportunities for 260 people, including 40 clinical staff, 100 researchers, and a further 120 industry positions.

Construction details

The ground-breaking ceremony for construction was held in October 2015. The project involved dismantling the former clinical building.

"The facility offers sophisticated research laboratories for clinical academics, medical physicists, engineers, and neuroscientists."

The topping out ceremony of the building took place in July 2016, while the Tesla MRI scanner was delivered in November 2016.

Contractors involved with the ICE

BMJ Architects was selected to design the ICE building, while BAM Construction was hired as construction contractor for the facility.

SCS Construction was sub-contracted to complete the interior fitting of the building and BHC was selected as the structural steel work contractor.

Currie & Brown Manager acted as the project manager, Building 3 as cost consultant, and New Acoustics as acoustician.

Arup and Arup Fire provided civil and structural services respectively, while Hulley & Kirkwood offered building services.

Midland Lead supplied radiation shielding including lead-lined plasterboard and plywood pattress panels for the facility.

CMS Window Systems was contracted to provide glazing and facade for the facility in April 2017.

Financing for the Imaging Centre of Excellence

The imaging facility was completed with an investment of £32m ($39.85m). The UK Government contributed £16m ($19.92m) for construction.

The installed MRI and CT scanners at the facility were installed with a contribution of £10m ($12.45m) from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF), £3.5m ($4.35m) from the Sackler Trust and the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, £2.3m ($2.86m) from the European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), and £800,000 ($996,272) from the Wolfson Foundation.