Former Worcester News office goes for gold in university redevelopment

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The former office of a regional daily has opted for gold as it prepares for its new use.

Gilt paneling has been installed at Berrows House, the former home of the Worcester News, as part of its redevelopment by the University of Worcester.

The university plans to use the to teach medical students and renovation plans include a state-of-the-art anatomy lab, a suite of GP simulation rooms and a range of general seminar rooms and of teaching.

There will also be offices, breakout areas for group study and a café.

Newsquest, the newspaper’s owner, reached a deal to sell the Hylton Road site, pictured, in 2019.

The News has since moved to Redhill House on London Road.

A spokesperson for the University of Worcester told the newspaper: ‘Renovation work on the old Berrows House building into a stunning new facility to train healthcare professionals is progressing well.

“The vast majority of the demolition work is now complete and the installation of the framework continues.

“The university hopes the building will be ready for use in early 2023, when students studying in a range of health courses, including nursing, midwifery, allied health and those studying on The new medical degree from the university will have access to new state-of-the-art facilities.

“The university is the primary educator of healthcare professionals in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, as well as much of Dudley and Halesowen.

“This new facility will allow the University to train even more of these professionals, playing a key role in ending the region’s chronic shortage of healthcare professionals.”

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