By Paul Ratcliffe
Deputy Director of Education Management, Faculty of Medicine
I was privileged, along with a number of my colleagues from Imperial, to attend the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony on 8 January.
It was a fantastic way to start 2015 and to celebrate another milestone in LKCMedicine’s history. The construction of both the Clinical Sciences Building and Experimental Medicine Building (EMB) is very much underway, with the EMB up to Level 3 already! Each time I visit Singapore, there is always so much more to see and I know that the coming months and years will be no exception as these fabulous buildings take shape.
The prestige of the ceremony was evidenced by the presence of the President of Singapore Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, who is becoming a familiar face, having visited the United Kingdom and Imperial on a state visit in October 2014. President Tan initiated my favourite part of the ceremony which was when the stones were laid. A tense moment, but of course it went seamlessly with both stones, timed to perfection, laid simultaneously. The room erupted with applause.
I also had the chance to catch up with a number of colleagues from a range of stakeholders that I have met over the last five years of working on this project. Their enthusiasm for LKCMedicine is clear and reading about the strength of the boulders – 100MPa, which is around twice that of normal construction concrete –, it is clear that this symbolises the strength of LKCMedicine and its partnership with Imperial.
I look forward to my next visit and to seeing the buildings even taller!