Citylabs 4.0

Summer 2020 start for MSP’s Citylabs 4.0

Chloé Vaughan

At a public consultation, MSP revealed it would submit a planning application for its £35m Citylabs 4.0 next month with construction set to begin in July 2020.

If it gains planning approval, work is set to start on the 125,000 sq ft site next summer with main works due for completion by July 2022.

The development of the fourth phase would begin with the demolition of the temporary two-storey Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Diabetes Centre and the clearing of its adjacent surface car park.

Citylabs 4.0 is intended to be build at the south of MSP’s existing Oxford Road campus, adjacent to Citylabs 2.0 and 3.0.

The seven-storey flexible office building is planned to provide commercial office and lab floorspace for life sciences and healthcare businesses with flexible units at ground floor.

The upper floors are designed principally for SME occupiers and can be split into flexible floorplates to suit demand and requirements. The site will be car free and have 64 cycle spaces.

Ed Britton, assistant director at Deloitte, said: “Citylabs 4.0 is almost an extension of the life sciences and healthcare mix we have at Citylabs 1.0. The growth of the Citylabs cluster will create an ecosystem to benefit hospitals and organisations.”

Citylabs campus is a joint venture between Manchester Science Partnerships and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme is designed by Sheppard Robson, with planning consultancy from Deloitte.

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