£60m medical research expansion project for Manchester

WCN Editorial Team 27 Jul 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) in a joint venture partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) is set to undertake a £60m project to expand the Citylabs biomedical research centre in the UK city.

The development will create Citylabs 2.0 and Citylabs 3.0 on the CMFT campus. It will provide additional space to enable biomedical companies to grow and co-create new health products, in collaboration with the NHS and academia for the benefit of patients.

Upon completion, the two facilities will create more than 750 new jobs.

Estimated to cost £25m, the Citylabs 2.0 development will include 89,500 sq ft of lab and office space and subject to planning permission being granted, construction work will start in spring 2017, with completion expected in mid-2018.

The Citylabs 3.0 development will span 112,000 sq ft and integrate the development of 89,000 sq ft of new buildings with the Old Saint Mary’s Hospital. Work is set to commence in mid-2018 and is due to be completed in 2020.

The £35m project involves the restoration of a currently-unused former chapel on the site, which is set to become a café and dining area with the potential for meeting room facilities, extensive external landscaping and the provision of new gardens.

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