Public consultation for Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 begins

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Manchester Science Partnerships and Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) are inviting local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to attend a public exhibition of their exciting plans for a £60m expansion of Citylabs in Manchester.

Announced in July during the EuroScience Open Forum, the proposed two phase development of Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 would create additional economic growth in excess of £100 million and bring more than 750 jobs to the city.

Located at the heart of Corridor Manchester, Manchester’s Innovation District, Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 are a high quality new mixed use development aimed at health and medical technology companies.

The drop-in exhibition takes place today between noon and 7pm and is at Citylabs 1.0, Nelson Street, Manchester, M13 9NQ.

Additional images of the proposals will be on display, and members of the development team will be available to answer any questions.

The project comprises both new build and redevelopment of the Old Saint Mary’s Hospital building on the corner of Oxford Road and Hathersage Road.

The development includes state of the art laboratories, new retail units on the ground floor, and associated public realm and landscaping proposals. A planning application is due to be submitted to Manchester City Council in December.

The project is the first to be delivered by the Strategic Property Partnership between Manchester Science Partnerships, 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.

Thomas Renn, Managing Director of Manchester Science Partnerships said: “We are hugely excited to be advancing our plans for Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 and we look forward to hearing the feedback and observations from all interested parties today.

“Our investment in Citylabs1.0 has been a major success and it is now fully-occupied so it is strategically important for us to be investing in new world-class facilities, where innovation, collaboration and commercialisation come together in a unique environment connected to Manchester’s clinical campus and our universities.

“We showcased Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 at our recent trip to the AdvaMed conference and exhibition in the US, and have been really encouraged by the interest from potential occupiers we met there.”  

The £25m Citylabs 2.0 development will comprise 90,000 sq ft of lab and office space. Subject to planning permission being granted, construction work will begin in autumn 2017, with completion expected in late 2018.

Citylabs 3.0 will span 130,000 sq ft and integrate the development of new buildings with the Old Saint Mary’s Hospital, an existing listed Victorian building. Construction is planned to start in summer 2018 and is due to be completed in 2020.

The £35m project includes the restoration of a currently unused former chapel on the site, which is ear-marked for a café/ dining area with the potential for meeting room facilities, as well as extensive external landscaping and the provision of new gardens for the enjoyment of Citylabs occupiers and other users of the hospital facilities.