Television presenter Lorraine Kelly is to lay the first brick of a major new extension to Dundee University’s medical school.
The extension forms phase two of an £11m programme to upgrade facilities at the medical school, which is consistently rated as one of the top performing medical schools in the UK.
This phase of the project will see a new extension built on the north side of the Ninewells building and refurbishment of existing library and teaching space. The extension will front on to the public footpath between the main Ninewells entrance and the multi-storey car park.
A former rector of the university, the 52-year-old personality from Dundee, maintains close links with the establishment
She said: "I'm delighted to lay the first brick of this important new development. I'm very proud of my links with Dundee University which consistently punches above its weight and has played such an important part in the renaissance of my brilliant adopted city!"
The University has already completed the first stage of a three-phase approach to revamping the medical school. The first phase, which has been completed, included the development of a world class clinical simulation area, a facility that was opened in November 2011. This work was supported by a major grant from the Dow Trust.
Phase 2 includes a new-build development on the site at Ninewells which will provide state-of-the-art IT and electronic teaching facilities. There will also be redevelopment work to upgrade existing accommodation, allowing the relocation of the Centre for Medical Education right into the heart of the medical school.