Building on a rich heritage of healthcare innovation

The site provides DePuy Synthes with a single-location facility and will allow advanced research into medical devices and solutions that deliver value for healthcare systems and improve people’s lives.

DePuy Synthes is part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies and provides a portfolio of products and services for joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, neuro and cranio-maxillofacial procedures; sports medicine; power tools and biomaterials. 

Appointed in September 2013, the multi-phased project involved the partial demolition of some of the old buildings, construction of a new research and development centre, and phased extension and refurbishment of another five existing buildings. The development included increased car parking, and hard and soft landscaping adaptations. The new campus comprises offices, laboratories, a gymnasium, a refectory and a link atrium walkway.

The improved facility builds upon DePuy’s rich heritage in Leeds, which dates back to 1902, as well as their long-established collaboration with universities and teaching hospitals, both locally and UK wide.

 “This site is now one of the leading orthopaedic development facilities in the world, designed to stimulate innovation, communication and collaboration, and will substantially increase R&D capabilities.”

Martin Fitchet, Global Head, R&D, DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Depuy Synthes cafeteria

The improved facility builds upon DePuy’s rich heritage in Leeds, which dates back to 1902, as well as their long-established collaboration with universities and teaching hospitals, both locally and UK wide.

Sustainable design at the centre

The project involved strict noise and operational restrictions due to the tight nature of the site which remained fully operational throughout. Regular communication meetings with the client enabled careful programming of the timing of work and deliveries.

Sustainable design was a key aspect of the campus redevelopment from the outset. To ensure that the project minimised its impact on the community and the environment, we sourced 90% of materials from local suppliers within a 30-mile radius of Leeds.

Key features of the campus include energy-efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting, sensor taps and low flow WCs, photovoltaic solar panels on the roof, fresh air pumped into the building, state of the art air conditioning with energy fans, and specialist glass to reduce glare and minimise heat build-up. Another key goal of the campus design was to reduce landfill as far as possible by introducing dry mix recycling in all areas to reduce waste.

The Campus attained BREEAM Excellent certification and in June 2015, DePuy Synthes celebrated the grand opening of the new campus, which now brings together many of the company’s local, regional and global business operations and support functions.

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