Lancaster University has submitted its planning application to Lancaster City Council for an 85,000 sq ft health innovation building as the first phase of a new science park.
The development site is to the north of the university’s Bailrigg Campus, long identified for development by the planning authority and already with consent for 365,000 sq ft of science park development along with new highway access from the A6.
Prof Neil Johnson, dean of the faculty of health and medicine, said: “This development is going to provide a fantastic opportunity for Lancashire, Cumbria and the North West. It will make major contributions to improving health and healthcare through innovation, making a real difference not only locally but nationally and internationally too.
“Furthermore, by attracting individuals and businesses with great ideas to come to this area and work with local communities and organisations interested in improving health along with world-leading researchers and teachers from all parts of the University, it will also have a big impact on the continuing economic development of this area.”
The planning application is for the first building on site, a mixture of research, commercial and teaching space.
The application is due to be considered early in 2017 and if approved work would begin later that year, with the building opening in 2019.
CBRE is advising on planning.