Sarah Swift Building

The University is investing £19m to create the Sarah Swift Building – the new home for our Schools of Health & Social Care and Psychology.

The new building is named after Dame Sarah Swift GBE RRC, nurse and founder of the College of Nursing (now the Royal College of Nursing), born in Kirton Skeldyke in south Lincolnshire.

Project overview

Health & Social Care and Psychology are two of the largest Schools in the University, and the number of Nursing students at the University has grown rapidly since 2012.

The facility will house specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for use by the wider University.

Health & Social Care

The building will bring the whole School of Health & Social Care together in one location for the first time, replacing its existing facilities in the Think Tank and Bridge House. It will include advanced clinical simulation facilities for the School’s Nursing programmes, as well as tutorial, social learning and office space for the School’s students and staff.


The building will also collocate the whole School of Psychology for the first time, replacing the School’s existing  facilities in the Minerva Building and Bridge House.

Interdisciplinary links

The collocation of Health & Social Care and Psychology in the new building will facilitate the development of interdisciplinary interactions between students and staff in both Schools. The building will also provide purpose-built space for the College of Social Science’s growing Centre for Professional Development and its interdisciplinary teaching and research activities.


The Sarah Swift Building will be located on Brayford Wharf East, to the north of the David Chiddick Building:

Sarah Swift Site Plan

The project will also allow for the improvement of public space between the Sarah Swift Building and the David Chiddick Building (the green space highlighted on the plan).


Enabling works are underway, including the demolition of existing structures on the construction site. Main construction is due to start in November, and the building is expected to open early in 2017.

Your Views

The University is committed to maintaining and developing state-of-the-art facilities which offer an environment where great teaching and research can flourish.

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One thought on “Sarah Swift Building

  1. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of how we can tender for the installation of any renewable energy services required on this project. I have found that there are plans for Solar PV to be installed.

    We are registered on however have not seen anything on here when we check for upcoming tenders.


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