First look at Eye Hospital biomedical centre

Sheppard Robson has released images of the £21m Manchester Royal Eye Hospital project it was appointed on by Bruntwood and Manchester Science Parks.

Bruntwood and Manchester Science Parks were recently appointed by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to redevelop the building on Oxford Road.

The 100,000 sq ft newbuild and refurbishment project will create a centre for biomedical research, laboratory space, clinical testing wards, offices, teaching facilities and other specialist space.

Eye hospitalA new structure will be erected behind the existing building, which will include laboratory space and clinical testing wards, while the refurbished area will provide office and administrative facilities. The new space is offset from the main building, which is fused together by way of a glazed atrium consisting of hub space and breakout areas.

Tony O'Brien, partner at Sheppard Robson, commented: "The team at Sheppard Robson has produced a design that is both cutting edge and visually compelling, yet sympathetic to the original building's Victorian façade."

O'Brien concluded: "We look forward to work commencing on the scheme and seeing the new and improved Manchester Royal Eye Hospital take shape."

Chris Oglesby, CEO at Bruntwood, commented: "The development of the former Royal Eye Hospital will work to deliver the life-saving treatments of tomorrow and turn research discoveries into competitive advantages for the UK economy."

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Another glass box, another boring design….Have all the architects in Manchester lost any sense of enthusiasm or excitment or are they so constrained by their clients and the planning department that this is the best Manchester can come up with now? How many more of these do we need?

By boredofsameoldbuildings

I agree (boredofsameoldbuildings) but no its not a case of planning restrictions but simply a lack of vision and desire to push the envelope. I have been involved on projects such as Beetham Tower, The Gherkin and The Shard – projects that stand as testament to what can be achieved with innovation.

By Mmmmmmm