MSP submits application for £60m Citylabs expansion

Manchester Science Partnerships has put in a planning application to Manchester City Council, seeking approval for a 200,000 sq ft extension of the Citylabs campus on Oxford Road.

The project is a joint venture with Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Located on the CMFT campus at Corridor Manchester, Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 will be targeted at health and medical technology companies. The architect is Sheppard Robson.

Phase one, the £25m Citylabs 2.0, will comprise 92,000 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 128,000 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 earmarked for a café and dining area with the potential for meeting room facilities.

The scheme also includes extensive external landscaping and the provision of new gardens for Citylabs customers and other users of the hospital facilities.

If approved, Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 would be the first to be delivered through the strategic property partnership between Manchester Science Partnerships, majority shareholder Bruntwood, and CMFT, announced at MIPIM last year.

MSP and CMFT said they have already received a number of expressions of interest from potential occupiers after showcasing Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0 during a recent trade mission to the US, which included meetings at the global AdvaMed conference.

Thomas Renn, managing director of Manchester Science Partnerships, said: “After consulting with the local community and other stakeholders last month, we’re pleased and excited to be bringing this ambitious development forward.

“The success of Citylabs 1.0, which was fully let within 15 months of opening, has given us the confidence to invest in phases two and three, and we are sure demand will be strong for these high quality facilities located in a great physical and intellectual environment.”

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