The new eco-friendly £14m Faculty of Health building at Edge Hill University will be officially unveiled on Thursday 12 June 2008.

Prof. David Eastwood, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England will give a keynote speech on the future of higher education before officially opening the building.

Edge Hill is the biggest provider of healthcare staff in the North West, with 4000 midwives, nurses and healthcare professional graduating each year. Operating theatres, clinical skills areas and robot style mannequins that can simulate everything from pregnancy to a temperature will mean that cutting edge training will be available to all in the new building.

The new state-of-the-art facility incorporates many unique eco-friendly features and is at the forefront of a drive to reduce the University’s carbon footprint. Initiatives include a ‘live energy wall’ located in the main entrance of the building. As more energy is used, the wall changes colour, reminding staff and students to turn off computers, lights and other electrical equipment after use.

Renewable energy is used throughout the building, including a natural underground water source from the nearby lake which is channelled through pumps and heated using solar power.

Edge Hill University has been recognised by the Carbon Trust for its green initiatives and it is estimated that the building will reduce the campus’ carbon emissions by at least 20 tonnes per year.

The building will see Faculty of Health staff and students located in one building on the Ormskirk campus for the first time, while also accommodating the University’s Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, SOLSTICE, which carries out pioneering work in e-learning.