Manchester City Council has approved Bruntwood and Manchester Science Parks' plans to convert the former Royal Eye Hospital on Oxford Road into a 100,000 sq ft biomedical centre.
The part renovation and part new-build, designed by Sheppard Robson architects, will contain wet labs, offices, teaching rooms and research facilities. A training provider and a biomedical firm are in talks with Bruntwood to pre-let parts of the development.
Two applications were approved, for listed building consent – the former hospital is Grade 2-listed, as well as the overall development, which includes a five-storey extension.
Bruntwood and MSP are advised by Drivers Jonas Deloitte on planning, Arup for engineering, Kevin Murphy, heritage consultant, and quantity surveyor Cyril Sweett.