The Christie has showcased its proposed 270,000 sq ft replacement for the Paterson Building, which was severely damaged by a fire in 2017, ahead of a planning application in May.
The existing building was ravaged by a fire in April 2017 which left it unusable, and following the incident many of the its staff were relocated to Alderley Park. The Christie had explored repairing the building but concluded either keeping it in its current state or refurbishing it would not be feasible.
Demolition has now started, clearing the site for a fresh proposal, which The Christie hopes will provide “one of the world’s top centres for cancer research” by 2025.
Working with a team including planner Turley, architect BDP, and engineer Arup, the first designs have been showcased for the building following an initial public consultation earlier this year.
The proposed building on Wilmslow Road will include 270,000 sq ft of research laboratories, consultant workspace, a biological research unit, and ground floor exhibition and education spaces.
As part of the project, The Christie is looking to create new areas of public realm along the Wilmslow Road frontage, particularly around the entrance area and close to the junction of Wilmslow and Oak Roads.
To bring the project forward, The Christie is bringing forward an addendum to its existing strategic planning framework, which was agreed in 2014.
This will allow the Trust to bring forward a planning application for the Paterson Building’s replacement, which is expected in May; the addendum to the planning framework has already been submitted to Manchester City Council and is expected to be signed off this month.
A public consultation on the proposals was held yesterday, and a further event is due to take place on Saturday 9 March between 10am and 1pm at Withington Library.
Interserve has been chosen as The Christie’s partner for the project through the ProCure22+ framework, and is working alongside subcontractor PP O’Connor on the demolition of the existing fire-damaged building.
The contractor is also providing initial design and technical work which The Christie said would “inform the redevelopment of the building”.
Interserve also recently completed The Christie’s Proton Beam Therapy Centre at the site in Withington; for its work on the project, the contractor scooped the award for Building of the Year from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.