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Construction starts on Rob Burrow MND centre on day after his death

Contractor I&G will today (3 June) start building a new centre for motor neurone disease (MND) named after rugby league icon Rob Burrow CBE, one day after his death.

Burrow died on Sunday (2 June) aged 41 after a four-and-a-half-year battle against the progressive disease. Since his diagnosis, the former Leeds Rhinos player worked tirelessly to raise awareness about MND.

The Rob Burrow Centre for MND, a first-of-its-kind facility in the UK, will be constructed using modern methods of construction. These include offsite-manufactured structurally insulated panels, which I&G said will contribute to a more efficient and environmentally friendly build without impacting quality standards.

As well as clinical areas and treatment rooms, the building will include a central space for people to gather, reading and quiet spaces, and dining and outdoor areas.

The centre’s construction is being funded by Leeds Hospitals Charity, the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals where Burrow received treatment. It has raised more than £5.6m of its £6.8m target.

I&G managing director, Christopher Carline, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds Hospitals Charity to deliver a centre that puts patient needs at the heart of the local community.”

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