Urban Exploration - Old Convent of Notredame
This site was a strange one expecting to find an old convent but instead found ourselves inside a clinical testing lab. We started off walking around thinking this place would be empty but headed upstairs where we found bottles and bottles of chemicals and needles and the old machines that were used. This is one of the more popular articles on our facebook group due to its involvement in clinical trials.
History of The Old Convent of Notredame
The present-day Convent of Notre Dame is situated in Derriford, Plymouth, and the chapel was built in 1971 to the designs of a Mr Lane. It contains a stained glass window Father Charles Norris of Buckfast Abbey, Devon, who sadly died in Torbay Hospital on Wednesday May 12th 2004.
Cardio Analytics was formed in 1994 by David Morris, still the managing director, and Jeff Batson, still pharma services director. Mr Morris had been senior chief cardiac clinical scientific officer and cardiology manager at Derriford Hospital, while Mr Batson had been the hospital's chief cardiac clinical scientific officer. Both were joined by Ian Jarvis, a chartered accountant who joined the board as finance director in 1999.
The company, then based at Richmond Walk, began by providing cardiac investigation ECG services for GPs, but soon expanded into analysing heart scan data for major pharmaceutical firms and clinical research organisations worldwide. After a 1997 move to the former Old Convent of Notre Dame school, in Derriford, the firm expanded again, this time into clinical trialing. The business expanded and moved to rented space at TSP, in 2001
The Original Convent was completely destroyed during the bombing of the Second World War.