Transforming Cedar House

£5million was invested in refurbishing Cedar House, transforming the learning and social environment to create an attractive and engaging ‘home’ for our 1,500 student doctors.

Cedar House refurbishment | Stay in the loop

A new-look Cedar House was unveiled in Semester 1 of the 2019/20 and the School was delighted to welcome the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, for a visit. The new additions include a brand new student hub, modern teaching spaces, anatomy revision room and group study spaces. 

Planning approval for these exciting building works was secured in October 2018 and following the appointment of contractor the John Turner Construction Group (JTCG), work started at the end of that year.

Project LIVE Manager, Mark Garner tracked progress of the project via the refurbishment update page, keeping everyone in the loop of the project's developments.


Project LIVE | What this means for Cedar House

The campus investment programme was focussed on enhancing the learning and social environment within the School, both within Cedar House, and also in respect of ensuring priority access for Medicine students to modern lecture theatre facilities.

The plans were informed by feedback gained from the student survey conducted in the 2018/19 academic year.

Outside of Cedar House, the School also secured priority access to one of the brand new lecture theatres within the new teaching hub on central campus for 2018/19.

Have you watched the Project LIVE podcast?

It gives a great overview of the Cedar House developments, in just a few moments.

Key aspects of the project include:

  • a new ground floor extension
  • the creation of a new student hub, with dedicated social spaces, where you can meet friends, relax and socialise
  • the creation of separate study areas on the ground floor, with IT facilities
  • enhanced teaching spaces across all six floors
  • a redeveloped courtyard space
  • use of contemporary design and stylish furniture to create a light, spacious and comfortable environment
  • improved access and connections between the student hub and the redeveloped courtyard



The redevelopment of Cedar House is about more than bricks and mortar. It is about creating a supportive, vibrant community of practitioners that includes students, staff, and alumni as well as our NHS colleagues, in an environment that feels and delivers a superb space for medical training.

Professor Hazel Scott, Dean, School of Medicine
Animated impression walk-through of new Student Hub in Cedar House

Walk-through | Student Hub

Watch now: Artist’s impression video of the new Student Hub, which will incorporate contemporary design and stylish furniture and provide a light and spacious area where students can relax and socialise.

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