MSP’s £60m Citylabs expansion earmarked for consent

Manchester Science Partnerships’ plans for a 200,000 sq ft extension to the Citylabs campus on Oxford Road have been recommended for approval at the city council’s next planning committee.

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, is made up of 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 at Manchester City Council’s planning committee on 27 April, 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 in 2016.

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