Architectural practice Wilson Mason & Partners has started pre-planning consultation on its £20m facility for the Manchester Cancer Research Centre in Withington, south Manchester.
MCRC was formed in 2006 as a partnership between University of Manchester, Cancer Research UK and the Christie Cancer Centre. The shared vision is the development of personalised cancer treatments, selected based on improved knowledge of each individual patient's disease characteristics, leading directly to better patient outcomes.
The new 63,000 sq ft facility on Wilmslow Road is needed to keep pace with MCRC's rapid expansion of research, and will provide space for 150 cancer researchers. MCRC said it is important to have the new building in order to attract the best researchers from around the world.
The laboratory spaces will be contained in three, two-storey pavilions, each supported by a third floor plant. The base plan arrangement is intended to promote increased interaction between research teams and contains a bistro and lecture theatre for 150 people on the ground floor.
The MCRC development is part of a wider masterplan for the Christie site, which also makes provision for a second phase of the MCRC and a low-rise multi-storey car park around a central landscape corridor.
Wilson Mason & Partners is based in Samlesbury, Lancashire.