Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), the UK’s leading science and technology park operator, is to invest £60 million in a major expansion of Citylabs, its biomedical centre of excellence in partnership with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT).
In a major vote of confidence for the Manchester city region, the development will create Citylabs 2.0 and Citylabs 3.0 on the CMFT campus, in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District – Corridor Manchester.
The new development will provide additional space to enable biomedical companies to grow and cocreate new health products, in collaboration with the NHS and academia for the benefit of patients. It is anticipated that when both are completed and fully let Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 will bring additional economic growth in excess of £100 million and more than 750 new jobs to the city.
The project is the first to be delivered by the Strategic Property Partnership between MSP’s parent company, Bruntwood, and CMFT. Announced in March 2016, the partnership will support the delivery of clinical care, research and innovation, as well as the future development of CMFT’s estate.
Rowena Burns, Chief Executive of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “It is entirely fitting that we are making this announcement as part of ESOF- an international event which is focused on innovation and collaboration – two of the pillars on which our business is built. Manchester’s Innovation District will be strengthened further by the development of Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0. Our investment will help to create fresh ideas, partnerships and scientific discovery. Above all, Manchester and the North West offer investors outstanding access to talent, knowledge and clinical facilities.”
Steve Mycio OBE, Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: ”By working together in this way with industry, the NHS can ensure health technologies are developed that deliver better outcomes more efficiently to meet current and future needs of our patients and healthcare providers. Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 is our first scheme under the Strategic Property Partnership that CMFT has formed with Bruntwood. Its purpose is to help ensure that our hospital building and facilities are developed in a flexible and modern way to facilitate early access to new diagnostics and treatments. Earlier this year, our campus received designation as a Life Sciences Enterprise Zone. This will make Citylabs and our campus an even more attractive place for business, especially spin outs from the hospitals and universities.”
Chris Oglesby, Chairman of Manchester Science Partnerships and Chief Executive of Brentwood, added: “It is great to see our pioneering Strategic Property Partnership with the NHS in Manchester hitting the ground running. Our investment in Citylabs 1.0 has been a huge success and we are confident that Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 will be similarly well received by businesses centred in bio-medical research and innovation. Manchester’s excellent connectivity, universities and talent pool, combined with its spirit of enterprise means the city is well placed to thrive in the coming years and we are determined to be at the heart of this journey.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Citylabs epitomises Manchester’s proud tradition of cutting edge research, one of our distinctive strengths. This major investment sends out a resounding message that we remain an outward and forward-looking city in which those who want to invest and create jobs can flourish.”
Citylabs 1.0, which opened in September 2014 after a £25 million redevelopment, was fully let within 15 months of opening. It is on track to generate more than 400 new jobs and contribute an estimated £60 million a year to Manchester’s economy. The investment for the new development will be made in two phases, subject to planning consent being received by the end of this year.
Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 will be located on the corner of Oxford Road and Hathersage Road, opposite Whitworth Park, at the southern gateway to Europe’s largest clinical-academic campus. The £25 million Citylabs 2.0 development will comprise 85,000 sq. ft of lab and office space and subject to planning permission being granted. Construction work will begin in spring 2017, with completion expected in summer 2018.
Citylabs 3.0 will include both the development of new buildings and integration with Old Saint Mary’s Hospital, an existing listed Victorian building, comprising 100,000 sq. ft. Construction is planned to start in Summer 2018 and is due to be completed in 2020.
The £35 million project includes the restoration of a currently unused former chapel on the site, which is earmarked for a café/dining area with the potential for meeting room facilities, as well as extensive external landscaping and the provision of new public realm.